Hiker Headlines: New Trail, Recreation Survey, Legislative Wins, Free Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new WTA-built trail is now open near Port Angeles. The Recreation and Conservation Office wants to hear from you. Eastrail projects received some incredible funding in the recent state budget. And, don't forget about the upcoming fee-free day on March 19.
It's March 17. Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new WTA-built trail is now open near Port Angeles. The Recreation and Conservation Office wants to hear from you. Eastrail projects received some incredible funding in the recent state budget. And, don't forget about the upcoming fee-free day on March 19. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Revel in green: Today is St. Patrick's Day, and the spring equinox is fast approaching. It's a great time to get outside and admire the burgeoning greenery. Use WTA's Hiking Guide to seek out an early spring hike and enjoy the shifting seasons. (Be sure to write up a trip report afterwards, too!)
Three cheers for volunteers! After years of work from WTA volunteers, hikers, bikers and equestrians have a new 3.5-mile trail to explore on Striped Peak, a summit overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca outside of Port Angeles. Check out the photos and learn about the work that went into creating this exciting new route.
Public feedback opportunity: The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is partnering with Eastern Washington University on a public survey of outdoor recreation activity participation. Share your experience and help inform the State Recreation and Conservation Plan, which directs about $300 million in state and federal funding for parks, trails and wildlife areas.
More legislative wins: In addition to our legislative priorities, another exciting trail project saw a big win in the Legislature. Eastrail — a 42 mile route connecting Renton and Snohomish County — will receive $29 million in state funding to fast-track key trail projects.
Free day: Access to Washington-state-managed recreation lands will be free on March 19 to celebrate Washington State Park's birthday.
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