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Kara Chin

WTA Membership Coordinator kara@wta.org

January + February 2010 » Washington Trails


Membership News »

Photo by Bill Ferguson.

Dues To Do More

WTA to raise membership rates for the first time in nearly twenty years

Membership Level

Regular Price

Discounted Renewal Price

Hiker Backpacker Family Trekker Thru-Hiker Fireside Student/Senior

$40 $55 $85 $125 $250 $500+ $20

$35 $50 $75 $100 $250 $500+ $20

Thank you for helping us keep trails open and beautiful by being a Washington Trails As- sociation member.

In the last twenty years, WTA has grown— and grown a lot. In 1990, WTA’s $35 member- ship dues supported a magazine and volunteer advocacy efforts with a membership base of a few hundred. Our trail maintenance program hadn’t launched yet. The Internet wasn’t even a public system.

Today, those same $35 dues support over 87,000 hours of volunteer service annually to maintain trails, a lobbying force 1,500 mem- bers strong, an interactive website which reaches more than 400,000 hikers each year find and year-round programs to help kids and families go hiking. And, of course, we continue to bring you this magazine full of useful tips and inspiring stories.

More people than ever explore our mountains and forests, and it’s up to us to protect them for future generations. As a member-based organization, WTA relies on your financial support to maintain your favorite trails, bring wildlands to decision- makers’ attention in both Olympia and Washington, D.C., and help the next genera- tion of hikers get outside.

This is why, after nearly twenty years

at the same rate, our annual membership dues are increasing this year. While these rates go into effect January 1, you can still renew at the discounted rate through the end of February.

It doesn’t matter when your membership expires; renew now and we’ll extend your WTA membership for a full year from its current expiration date.

You can renew your membership at www. wta.org/renew, 206.625.1367, or through the mail by sending your membership gift to the WTA office. t

2010 Membership Pricing Prices good through February 28, 2010

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