I know that I am definitely cutting it short on the deadline of utilizing my donation funds (I know, I know… it’s 6:00pm on New Years Eve) but I just couldn’t decide! I just want to donate to them all.
I FINALLY decided that I really wanted to give back to the thing that I used the most this year; the thing that kept me sane, healthy and happy when we were all forced to (and still are) socially distance: nature and the PNW’s public lands. This year, I’ve decided to donate my full $400 to the Washington Trails Association. Their sole mission is to mobilize hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands. I think this year proved that getting outside when we couldn’t do all the “normal” things we were used to was key to surviving this crazy year. I took advantage of so many hiking trails, backpacking spots, camping, waterway adventures and snowshoeing routes and I couldn’t have done that without the work that all the volunteers and advocates put into maintaining our public lands and allowing them to be accessible to us.
This year alone, support received this year directly benefited the trails including two pieces of legislation that WTA has long advocated for — full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding to address the backlog of maintenance on federal lands become law with the passage of the historic Great American Outdoors Act.
Thank you so much Nick and Tyler for the generous donation amount so that we could give back to organizations that matter the most to us!