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Washington Trails to Be Bimonthly

Posted by Andrew Engelson at Feb 13, 2009 05:16 PM |

In March, WTA members will notice some changes to Washington Trails magazine when they open their mailboxes.

Most importantly, we've decided to change our publication schedule from 10 issues per year to bimonthly (6 issues per year). This was not an easy decision to make, but it will allow us to more efficiently and economically spend our member donations on efforts to protect and maintain our state's trails.

To compensate for this change, we're also making some exciting improvements. First, we'll be adding 12 pages of full color to every issue of Washington Trails. That means you'll be able to see those autumn larches in all their golden glory, and so many other fantastic photos from hiking destinations as they really look in the wild. We'll also be boosting the page count of each magazine slightly.

Second, over the next few months we'll be adding even more content to our website. Look for more articles in the news section of our our website, and in all of our different program areas. We'll include more articles from members online, and begin to post our magazine articles online in html format rather than in the static PDF format we're currently using.

These changes will help us better deliver the great hiking info you've come to expect from WTA to our members and the broader hiking community.

We appreciate all that our members do for us--we literally couldn't do it without you. If you've enjoyed using WTA's website as a resource, or appreciate the work we do leading volunteer trail crews or speaking up for trails in Olympia and Washington, D.C. I urge you to join your fellow hikers in supporting WTA.

We'd like to hear your feedback on this. Please post a comment.

Also, FYI I'm going to be away from the Signpost Blog until early March, and our able staff, including Steve Duda--our web content manager--will be blogging in my absence.


print vs. online

As a hiking resource the website is much more valuable than the print issue since it is searchable and updatable, so I support more web less print. That said, I'd like to know if a decrease in contributions to WTA is occurring.

Another issue-as the P-I goes under I hope there will be a way to save all the trip reports written by Karen Sykes. WTA should consider getting those onto its website. And if the P-I continues online, we should link to those reports where appropriate.

Posted by:

Marco on Feb 14, 2009 06:56 AM

print vs. online

WTA membership has been steadily increasing, but due to the uncertainty of the current economic climate, our budgets for the next year are conservative.
I agree that Karen Sykes' Hike of the Week (and Greg Johnston's Getways section) are fantastic, and I would hope that whatever format the future PI takes, those would continue online--both archived and new articles.

Posted by:

Andrew Engelson on Feb 14, 2009 10:52 AM


I use online site Very often, but look forward to the print copy to come out, just more of a let down in my eyes. One more thing getting cut back. Oh, well I will survive.

Posted by:

Hikingqueen on Feb 14, 2009 05:10 PM


I certainly understand your disappointment. I do think you'll like the new color format, and this change allows us to make each magazine even better.

And we'll work to supplement the magazine with boosted online content. But as someone who grew up with print magazines and the daily newspaper, it's tough to give up some of those magazines in the mailbox each month.

Posted by:

Andrew Engelson on Feb 16, 2009 09:41 AM