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The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.


The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to promoting, maintaining and developing the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Your support is needed to continue development of the trail as one of Washington's recreational treasures.



THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

February 2017
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail has had an enormous outpouring of support since it was almost given away by legislative action in 2015. Since then, State Parks has heard our message to "Save and Improve the Trail". The JWPT is one of State Park's top priorities in the 2017-2019 budget. Currently the WA State Legislature is in session to determine how much to appropriate to State Parks, and FEBRUARY is the month when the budget takes shape.

That's why is is so important that the legislature hears FROM YOU NOW in support of Washington State Parks' and Governor Inslee's budget requests to preserve our State Parks and linear trails this session. The trail has wide support among legislators from both sides of the aisle, but the greatest influence on the proposed funding for the trail this session will rest in the hands of Senate GOP Caucus (http://src.wastateleg.org/) which is led by Sen. Mark Schoesler. Unfortunately, Sen. Schoesler was part of the small group that attempted to close the trail in 2015.

This session is crucial to continue the momentum to save Washington's recreational and historical gem and help increase tourist revenue for the many small towns along the trail.

Please Contact Sen Schoesler at 360-786-7620. Tell him where you are from and ask him to fund the State Parks budget requests.

Also, please send a brief message to any district legislators through the in-state toll-free Hotline number: 800.562.6000. Call yours ASAP! (Remember there are two state representatives and one state senator for each district in Washington.)

You can also email your legislators. (See sample letter). Find your legislators on this website: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE AND IMPROVE THE TRAIL!


The Renslow Trestle, over Interstate 90 between Kittitas and the Columbia River is one of the projects up for funding this budget session.




February 2017
WIN THIS BIKE! Any Washington State resident who buys a new FJWPT membership fee between January 28 and April 1, 2017 is eligible to WIN this New Belgium 2014 cruiser, collector's bicycle. See details....


February 15 - Friends of JWPT participated in the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition Rally in Olympia on the Capitol grounds. This was an excellent opportunity to network with legislators and others who value the benefit of outdoor recreation to our state and citizens. (Right - FJWPT Chairman Robert Yates answers questions about the trail at the Big Tent Rally.)

We are proud to announce our latest stakeholder and partner, the Rails to Trail Conservancy! The RTC advocates for investments at the federal and state level that support safe trail, walking and bicycling networks for people of every age and ability, and in every community, to create healthier places for healthier people.

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Get on board! Your support will help us in our work to close trail gaps, repair trestles, improve surface conditions, and support projects benefitting trail users, adjacent landowners, and communities along the way! Donations are tax-free and help save and improve the trail.

 
             

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Are you on Instagram? We just launched the Friends of the JWPT account! We would re
ally appreciate a follow. Also, be sure to tag your photos of the trail with #johnwaynepioneertrail. We'll be featuring some o
f the best (with credit of course) throughout the year
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Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization, P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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