Asheal Curtis Trail-short I-90 trail that views a beautiful old growth forest.
Signing up is easy at VOW's online calendar.
VOW brings managers
of public lands - agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service,
the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and county parks departments
- together with volunteers to help create and maintain public access on those lands.
This volunteer effort is ever more necessary as public agencies continue to grapple
with budget cuts that have eliminated staff for trail work.
VOW is a member of the American Hiking Society and for several years has sponsored
an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation week on the Iron Goat Trail. VOW also
sponsors and co-sponsors events to celebrate National Trails
VOW was a pioneer in providing high-quality training for volunteers and other organizations
that want to participate in the citizen effort to maintain trails. Its training programs
are based on three organizational values: be safe, have fun, and perform work that
meets professional standards. VOW has been a leader in promoting collaboration among
organizations representing trail users of all types (e.g., backcountry bicyclists
and horseback riders) to maximize their ability to take increased responsibility for
public trails systems.
VOW is funded by foundations, donations, grants, and membership
dues. It is the ultimate lean organization with most of its work--administrative and
trail work--performed by volunteers.
Archives of select Trail Notes, VOW's newsletter: