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2021 Trails Caucus

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Attend the 2021 Washington State Trails caucus to hear about and discuss four issues impacting trails at the state and local level.

October 28th, 2021, Zoom Link will be sent to attendees.

About this event

The presentations will all be live with the opportunity for questions or discussions.

• WSDOT Connecting for Active Transportation

WSDOT is collaborating with RCO, State Parks, and others in trails data and planning. What topics would you want WSDOT strategies to address and how would you define progress and success for transportation trail connections?

• Trails Funding Panel Discussion: Match Sources, Collaborative Partnerships, Creative Solutions and Success Stories

Join our panel discussion as we learn about creative and collaborative solutions for funding trail projects state wide. Discussion will be facilitated by RCO staff and a live Q & A will follow introductions.

• Looking ahead to the 2022 Common Ground Trail Conference

• Heavy Maintenance Crew

The HMC has been restoring multiple use singletrack sections across the state with mechanized equipment while addressing environmental and sustainability issues. Presented by Marc Toenyan, President, Washington Motorcycle Assoc. and Bryan Peterson, President, Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Assoc.

• Updating the Washington State Trails Plan

The Washington State Trails Plan provides policy guidance and strategic direction for funding the development and maintenance of the State’s trail system. Ben Donatelle from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office will discuss the process for updating the plan and opportunities for trail users to provide input.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket holders a week before the Caucus. Those purchasing tickets after Oct 21st will receive the information promptly.

2020 WSTC Business Meeting

The Washington State Trails Coalition board is holding at a virtual annual business meeting November 18, 2020 6pm – 7pm.  If you are interested in attending, please request an invitation to the meeting before 6pm November 16th, 2020 by emailing:  and you will be sent a Zoom link on the 17th.  The primary item of business is to vote on revisions of the bylaws. 

WSTC is taking the opportunity to revise our bylaws while we wait out the ongoing pandemic.  Our goal is to bring the bylaws into closer alignment with the realities of the organization and the world it operates in.  WSTC’s mission of “Providing an effective forum for protecting, promoting, and enhancing a statewide system of trails.” does not change.

The major proposed changes are outlined below.  Click to review the full current or revised bylaws.

Name & Purpose – Section 1

The bylaws define the primary forum of our work to be “a biennial WSTC conference” with no mention of other events.

The proposed change is to indicate that a public event will be held annually to exchange information and ideas, without prescribing the type and biennial frequency.  An emergency clause will allow the cancellation of an event.  Language is added to clearly allow for virtual annual business meetings and outlines the notification process.

Being a “Membership” organization – Section 2

WSTC is currently a membership organization.  Anyone who attends the most recent caucus or conference is considered a member.  Most people have no sense of membership and do not know they are considered members.  Historically, very few non-board members have attended annual business meetings held during the caucus or conference.  

The proposed change is to become a non-member organization.  Notice of annual business meetings held either during an event or online will still be distributed and interested individuals are welcome to attend.  

Election of Board members and officers – Section 5

The current bylaws are rigid about how and when board members cycle on and off the board and when officers are elected.  They proscribe a two-year term, but don’t set how many a member can serve.

The proposed changes will generalize the on-boarding of new board members and election of officers to preferably occur after a conference, but vacancies can be filled as needed by board vote.  It would also set an overall term limit of three consecutive two-year terms with the ability to be re-elected after a year away.

2020 Conference moved to 2022

Due to the widespread effects the effort to control the spread of coronavirus has had on trail agencies, businesses, and organizations, the Washington State Trails Coalition is rescheduling the 2020 Washington Trails Conference.

We hope you will join us in Everett October 28 – 30, 2022 to celebrate, commiserate, and share what was learned from this extraordinary and difficult period. The “Common Ground” of our love of trails in all forms and by all modes of travel will bring us together again. For more information or questions, please email .

Be safe and we’ll see you on the trails…when they open and from a distance!

2019 WSTC Caucus Agenda

Wednesday, October 16th
Pickering Barn, Issaquah

9:00 am Check-in and Coffee

9:30 am Welcome – WSTC President Lisa Black 

        RCO Director Kaleen Cottingham

9:45 am Closing the Gaps and Making Connections – Working Towards a Truly Statewide Trail System  

 Call them rail-trails, shared paths, community trails or long-distance trails.  In Washington we’re fortunate to have them all around the state.  From paved city and county multi-use trails linking neighborhoods and communities to State Park’s system of long-distance rail-trails crossing the entire state.  Maybe we’re closer than we think when it comes to creating a truly interconnected state-wide trail system.  This audience involvement oriented panel will focus on the tools needed to close gaps and make connections between both the trails themselves and trail managers.  We’ll provide updates on Washington’s role as part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Great American Trail and explore ways to make the connections to create additional cross-state trail routes.  Bring your ideas and your knowledge of the trails in your community as we learn about existing tools we can use to make these important connections.

  • Jon Snyder, Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee
  • Ben Donatelle, Policy Specialist, Recreation & Conservation Office
  • Jean White, Recreational Trail Program Manager, King Couny
  • Loren McFall, Executive Director, Friends of the Spokane Centennial Trail
  • Randy Kline, Trails Program Manager, Washington State Parks

11:15 am Break 

11:30 am Recreational Immunity – Alanna Peterson, Pacifica Law Group

What is the current standing of Washington’s recreational immunity statute (RCW4.24.210) and how it impacts recreation land managers, user groups and trail stakeholders.

12:00 pm Lunch Break 

1:00 pm RCO Grant Writing 101– RCO Staff

2:00 pm Break

2:15 pm A Look Ahead to the 2020 Conference – Snohomish County Host Committee

2:25 pm Afternoon Roundtable Discussions 

  • Topics for 2020 Trails Conference
  • Positioning WSTC for the next 20 years 

3:20 pm Closing Remarks 3:30 pm Adjourn

2019 WSTC Caucus – Oct 16 2019 – Registration OPEN!

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WSTC’s 2019 Caucus

It’s time to register for this exciting event!

9 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday, October 16th in Issaquah
Join leaders from diverse trail communities at the WSTC Caucus in Issaquah.  This one-day gathering in the forum for Washington’s statewide network of trail advocates.  Everyone with an interest in trails is welcomed – whether motorized or non-motorized, snow, asphalt, dirt, water, urban or backcountry!

The 2019 Caucus will feature presentations or panels discussing:

  • State and regional long trail issues
  • How to write a grant for Recreation and Conservation Office funds
  • An update on recreational immunity
  • Breakout sessions to jump start planning for the 2020 WSTC Conference and how WSTC can better meet the needs of the trail community

The Caucus includes ample breaks and lunch designed for networking, sharing news and ideas, and bragging about successes.

It’s time to register for this exciting event – $30 fee will cover registration, morning refreshments and lunch!

WSTC Caucus Wednesday, October 16th 9 am – 3:30 pm

Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Issaquah, WA 98027

For more information or to volunteer with the Washington State Trails Coalition, please email Lisa Black, WSTC President, at

2018 Trails Conference a Great Success!

The sun has set on another great Trails Conference and we want to thank everyone that was able to participate!  We hope you found value in the networking, exchange of ideas, and community we shared in Wenatchee.   We certainly enjoyed the chance to meet many of you and learn more about Washington State trails and their many passionate supporters!

Check out the event recap to learn more.

2018 Trails Awards Winners Announced!

The board of WSTC is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Washington State Trails Awards!  Trail users around the state, and our many out of state visitors, owe a debt of gratitude for the hard work of the winning individuals and organizations – and to the many others as yet unrecognized!

Take a look at this years winners and make sure to say “Thanks!” if you know them!

2018 Keynote Speaker Announced!

WSTC is excited to announce that Glenn Nelson, founder of The Trail Posse, will be the conference’s keynote speaker on Saturday, Oct 27th.  Glenn Nelson is the founder of The Trail Posse, a nonprofit project to cover race and equity in the outdoors. He is an award-winning writer and photographer, a passionate birder and hiker, a proud husband and father, and a lover of the arts, especially ballet.

The topic of Glenn’s talk will be “We Are Outside, Damnit!”  From Glenn – “One of the pervasive false narratives of the outdoors—that people of color are not in it because they are somehow disinclined to be—is used to justify why non-whites are not subjects of advertisements, don’t frequent public lands, or are not leaders in the conservation movement. Allowing this disconnect to play out as exclusionary does not bode well for a country undergoing rapid demographic change and escalating environmental challenges.”

Last Chance to Save on the 2018 Trails Conference!

Early Registration for the 2018 WSTC Trails Conference has been extended through September 22nd!  Save almost 20% off the admission price by booking today.  Registration includes 2 days of conference attendance, meals, admission to the reception at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, and a mixer on Thursday evening for those who arrive early.  Additional tickets to the reception are also available for purchase if you’d like to bring a guest.  So register today because prices go up after September 22nd.