Thursday, May 31, 2012

Washington Trails Association Plans for Another Great Summer Helping Mount Rainier!

      Yesterday, Kevin and I had the chance to sit down with the Executive Director of the Washington Trails Association, Karen Daubert, to discuss this years upcoming volunteer projects they will be leading. Their partnership has meant so much to Mount Rainier National Park in recent years, with their continual efforts in keeping Mount Rainier’s trails beautiful! They have led a total of 314 days of volunteer trail maintenance projects over the last five years, and have another 68 days planned for this summer! Their contributions are irreplaceable to our park.
      This Saturday, June 2nd, is National Trails Day! WTA will be working on the West Boundary Trail. Last year, WTA crews worked on this trail by removing downed logs, repairing tread and other maintenance needs. This Saturday, they will work on restoring the trail back to good hiking conditions. While spaces are full for this work party, I will be in attendance and will be sure to let you know all about the progress made on the trail and all the fun we’ll have!
      Upcoming events with WTA include extensive work on the Comet Falls Trail! You will find WTA opportunities to work on the Comet Falls Trail throughout the month of June: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between June 8th and June 24th! Come for one or come for them all, stay for the weekend and utilize the Longmire Volunteer Campground! On this trail, the crew will conduct regular maintenance and repair any damage done to the trail over the winter months. What a great opportunity to work on a trail that many claim holds the most beautiful waterfall in the park! 
      You can sign up for these work parties on the WTA website. Follow this link to view the different work party dates and assignments in more detail. Information on the work parties is only available three to four weeks before each trip, but there is a project every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer! You can check for updates on future WTA projects using our volunteer calendar located at the top of this page or by visiting WTA's website using the link above.
      We hope you can make it out to help maintain our beautiful Mount Rainier trails!

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