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Meet the Authors of WTA

These expert writers are all part of the vibrant community who help support WTA | by Aaron Bredl

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Gary Paull: A Champion for Public Lands

From the office to the outdoors, Gary Paull worked hard for trails throughout his long career with the U.S. Forest Service | by Anna Roth

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Help a Hiker: Write a Trip Report

Three prolific trip reporters explain why they love writing up their hikes—and why you should too | by Cassandra Overby

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Resolve to Go Outside More

Over the years, I’ve made many New Year’s resolutions. I almost never kept them. Then I resolved to hike more. | by Jessi Loerch

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A Day in the Life of a Winter Crew Leader

Between building new trails and repairing damaged ones in preparation for the coming spring and summer, WTA crew leaders have multiple projects to balance when the weather turns cold and rainy. | Story and photos by Erika Haugen-Goodman

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Building Bridges

All over the state, WTA is fostering stronger connections between people and places | by Anna Roth

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When You Give a Stranger a Canoe

Three stories of exceptional generosity on trail | by Cassandra Overby

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Pacific Northwest Trail and the Recreation Economy

Forty years ago, the Pacific Northwest Trail was created. Today, the trail helps support dozens of gateway communities, and brings together hikers from across the country. A section of this historic trail is at risk of becoming lost, threatening the local economies that it supports | by Rachel Wendling

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The Beauty and Power of Urban Forests

Apart from the pleasure of a green view, there are many tangible benefits associated with urban forests, including improved mental and physical health, economic advantages and community health, all of which affect each other | by Keiko Betcher

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The Science of Larches

Why they grow here, why they lose their needles and why they they turn such a glowing gold | by Melissa Ozbek

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Determined to Hike

Tales of four outdoor enthusiasts who are redefining what's possible.

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Youth Go Alone

When is your teenager ready to hike or explore the outdoors alone? Here are five steps to ensure your teen is prepared to safely venture out on trails without you | by Cassandra Overby

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