Governor declares Aug. 2 “Washington Trails Day”

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Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a proclamation recognizing Aug. 2 as Washington Trails Day. It’s the second year in a row the governor has made the proclamation.

“In Washington, we understand the importance of outdoor recreation to our quality of life and the strength of our economy,” he said in a statement. “That’s why I am committed to protecting our public lands and enhancing the recreation opportunities that Washingtonians love.”

The proclamation singled out the contributions made by the Washington Trails Association. It’s 3,400 volunteers contribute more than 100,000 hours per year building and maintaining trails in the state’s national forests, national parks and state parks.

The WTA suggested that people mark Washington Trails Day by taking a “hiking holiday.”

WTA staff will be wandering trails around the state on Aug. 2. Sporting the WTA logo could earn you a prize.

To mark the occasion on social media, the WTA is encouraging hikers to snap photos of fellow hikers high-fiving on the trail. Post the pic with #highfivewashingtontrails.

Photo: WTA volunteer trail worker Frank Gibbons of Poulsbo crosses a bridge on the Lena Lake Trail in Olympic National Forest last week. Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun