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This week Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (MTSGT) announced a new volunteer program - Trailhead Ambassadors – will launch this summer in the North Bend area where recreational trails see some of the largest numbers of visitors in Washington.
The Trailhead Ambassadors program is currently recruiting volunteers to educate and empower visitors on trails and public lands within the I-90 corridor.
As most North Bend residents already know, in recent years local trail use has increased exponentially. Mountains to Sound Greenway said this program is a direct reflection of the need to provide more resources to trail users about how to recreate responsibly.
Volunteer Trailhead Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the summer at popular North Bend area trails like Twin Falls, Mount Si, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Franklin Falls.
Volunteers will go through a virtual training that will cover topics such as: ways to engage public users, how to provide information about recreational trails, and education about how to play an active role in caring for trails and public lands to ensure safe and sustainable trails for future use.
Trailhead Ambassadors will spend their time at trailheads engaging with trail users directly where they are recreating. They will not only act as a welcoming face, but also be available to answer questions and provide resources.
According to the MTSGT announcement, “In a world where outdoor recreation grows each year, this program will be a necessary component in spreading the word about using local trail systems, and ways to protect and steward them.”
If you enjoy hiking, conservation, and the outdoor community, consider applying to be a Trailhead Ambassador volunteer.
Volunteer recruitment and access to the MTSGT online training will begin in March, and for those interested in learning more, you can attend one of the Zoom informational sessions. Pending public health guidelines, you will start to see Trailhead Ambassadors at local trailheads starting in summer of 2021.