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2020 Conference moved to 2021

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, 2021 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.

“Friday Night Out” Trails Reception

While you’re at the 2018 Trails Conference in Wenatchee, or if you just want to celebrate trails with like minded people, join us on Friday, Oct 26th for a reception at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.  The evening is a great opportunity to mingle and share stories while enjoying complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and drinks.  The highlight of the evening will be celebrating the award of our 2nd WSTC Trails Awards in the categories of Lifetime Service, Trail Leader, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Trail.  Admission to the reception is included with your paid conference registration, additional tickets for guests are available for a small fee.