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2016 SponsorsWe want to thank our amazing Presenting and Gold Level Sponsors Recreational Equipment Inc and Green Trails Maps and Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for their help with the 2016 Washington State Trails Conference coming to Richland, WA in October! Trails are part of what makes Washington an incredible place to live and these three are supporting our efforts to make them even better.

We still have opportunities for your organization to exhibit at the conference.  If you have a business that caters to trail users, a health-promotional or non-profit organization, are a land manager or agency representative, or simply an outdoor recreational advocate, this is your chance to increase your exposure at the largest gathering of trail professionals in Washington State.

Learn more about exhibiting and find an application here.

Presentation Highlights

Register now for the Washington State Trails Conference in Richland and you’ll have three dozen great presentations to choose from during two days, October 14-15. Here’s a sampling of just a few of those planned offerings:

  • When Trails Go Viral: Responsible Web and Social Media Practices for Online Communities. “In an era when Instagram can be the first stop in researching conditions and a trail can literally go viral, how do you cultivate a welcome, inclusive online culture that promotes responsible use and stewardship?”
  • Grizzly Bear ImageGrizzly Bear Restoration and Recreation . ” Will grizzly bear recovery affect access to public lands and hiking, biking, climbing and other recreational activities? If so how? Wildlife biologist Dr. Bill Gaines will explore these and other grizzly bear related issues using real world examples from recreation meccas like Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.”
  • Tahoma to Tacoma: Quantifying the Health, Equity, and Economic Benefits of Trails. ” This presentation will highlight PWI’s Tahoma to Tacoma Trail Network project, for which Alta Planning + Design used an analytical model to quantify how active transportation investments can improve the health, equity, and environmental quality of a region.”
  • Trails on Trial – Protecting Public Lands for Public Use & Enjoyment. ” Come hear how King County is making its case in federal court for property rights within the railbanked corridor and how recent legal rulings are reinvigorating the management of the corridor for public use.”
  • Trails and Critical Areas: the Costs and Benefits of Programmatic Permitting. ” An ever-tightening set of local Critical Area Regulations can unintentionally prohibit, alter, or delay your trail projects. Use of programmatic permitting (a single, long-term permit covering multiple projects with pre-determined conditions) may offer local governments and trail proponents a solution.”
  • Trails to History. ” It will show how historic themes–gold rushes, fur trading, railroad building, labor movements, immigration, suburbanization—can guide a walk through urban downtowns on sidewalks, trails, and waterfronts.”


Exhibitor Opportunities Available Now

ExhibitorThe Washington State Trails Coalition’s 2016 Conference “Creating Communities-Connecting Community” is coming October 13-15 at the Red Lion hotel in Richland, Washington! We are looking for exhibitors that want to be a part of the conversation at Washington’s only state trails conference. If you have a business that caters to trail users, a health-promotional or non-profit organization, are a land manager or agency representative, or simply an outdoor recreational advocate, this is your opportunity.

Here’s why you should exhibit at the conference:

  • Washington’s premier trails conference offers a unique opportunity to get face time with industry leaders, including other trail professionals, organizers, and agency representatives.
  • Hundreds of participants from all over Washington and beyond come, representing non-profit groups, trail clubs, and enthusiasts.
  • We offer exhibitor rates below industry standards that give you outstanding visibility and access.

To learn more about securing your booth, pricing, and special offers, please click here.  We hope to see you there!

Friday Night Out at The REACH Museum

As part of your 2016 Trails Conference registration you are invited to an evening of socializing and networking while enjoying the beautiful and unique setting of The REACH Museum in Richland, Washington.The REACH MuseumOverlooking the Columbia River, The REACH Museum is the newest gem of the Tri-Cities, featuring stories of the natural, scientific and cultural history of the surrounding area, from the expansive wine industry to the world’s first full-scale plutonium production reactor.

Enjoy complementary local microbrew and wine, hors d’oeuvres, and celebrate the presentation of our inaugural Washington State Trails Awards sponsored by REI. A shuttle will be provided to transport you from the site of the Conference, the Red Lion Hotel, to the reception.

This is just one more reason to attend the 11th biennial Trails Conference so don’t miss what is sure to be a delightful evening, Friday, October 14th at 7:00-10:00pm!

Presentation and Awards Deadline Extended!

Your chance to propose a speech or presentation for this year’s Washington State Trails Coalition Conference has been extended!  Due to continued interest, we have extended the deadline so you can now submit your proposal for a presentation, panel, or workshop by August 8, 2016!

This year’s WSTC conference theme is “Creating Community – Connecting Communities” with sessions featuring how to design and build trails, evolving trail management challenges, understanding the value of trails, as well as spotlighting unique and educational trails within the state of Washington.

New this year is the WSTC Trail Awards Program, highlighting exceptional work and achievements with Washington State trails. Learn more about this unique recognition and then nominate your favorite in each category!

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the conversation! Showcase your innovative projects and trail successes by submitting a WSTC 2016 Conference Presentation Proposal of your presentation, panel or workshop by August 8, 2016.

Submit your WSTC 2016 Awards Nomination Form with all materials electronically to  Please submit only one nomination per email. Nominations are due by August 8, 2016.

Join the 2016 Conference Team!

It takes a village to pull off the state trails conference – join the fun! Our volunteers help out remotely from the comforts of their home or office, communicating by email and conference calls, to coordinate logistics for the 2016 WSTC trails conference.

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with the following:

  • Conference outreach:  Help spread the word about our state’s greatest trail event!  We need volunteers who can help us develop a social media awareness campaign and craft email and media announcements in 2016.  Graphic design, writing and web skills are especially welcome.
  • Exhibitor outreach:  We offer affordable opportunities for organizations, businesses and agencies to display their materials and/or products during the conference.  WSTC needs a volunteer to lead the effort to recruit and book conference exhibits.

Please send a short note about your interest in the conference, skills and availability to

Display & Exhibit Space Available

WSTC is proud to open the Washington State Trails Conference to trail-oriented exhibitors.  This year we are providing extended 30-minute breaks to allow for even more mingle time with exhibitors.

We offer rates below industry standard, exceptional contact with clients and outstanding visibility.  Bringing a large contingent of attendees from your organization?  We offer display discounts to groups who register together.

2014 Conference Highlights Available

Missed the 2014 Washington State Trails Conference? The 2014 Conference Highlights are now available. Notes and images are the product of our Youth Ambassador volunteers, board members, and volunteers from Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program helped us compile, edit and format the highlights. Thanks to all who made the conference and the proceedings possible!

WSTC achieves 501(c)3 status

It’s an exciting new year for Washington State Trails Coalition!  Operating as a mission-driven and volunteer-managed organization since 1999, WSTC  is now officially recognized as a charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN #91-1973937).

This status provides new opportunities for WSTC to leverage individual, corporate and grant support for our conferences and operations.  To learn how you can lend your financial support or volunteer your time to our growing organization, please contact Sarah Krueger, WSTC President, at