Sunday, August 12, 2007

Volunteers Hit the Trail: Park Maintenance Backlog Worsens Each Year

….Washington Trails Association volunteers will rack up more than 80,000 hours of brushing, clearing, repairing and extending trails by the end of the year — breaking the record of 74,941 hours set in 2006, according to Lauren Braden, spokeswoman for the Seattle-based nonprofit. “There’s quite a bit of damage out there,” Braden said. “Hikers want to do what they can to help.” Many of those helping hands have gone to Mount Rainier National Park, which suffered particularly heavy damage….

Read the whole article, about volunteer efforts on National Forest land as well as in the National Parks, in an article by Kie Relyea on the website of The Bellingham Herald.

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