"I was like a kid in a candy store!" Russ Levy says of falling in love with hiking in Washington. Since moving here 20 years ago, he hasn't lost his wonder for the outdoors and has found many ways to give back to the trails he loves.
For Russ, caring for trails means thinking beyond his own lifetime — and planning to leave a legacy that includes caring for trails and wild spaces for generations. In addition to doing volunteer trail maintenance (more than 300 days to date!), he's also included Washington Trails Association in his will. He appreciates that through volunteering and planned giving, WTA gives him a venue to make a difference for years to come.
"It was an easy choice to include WTA in my legacy planning because it is such a part of my life," he says. "I feel like I'm leaving something that thousands will be able to enjoy while I'm alive and in the future."
At WTA we envision a future where everyone who seeks nature's splendor can quickly find themselves outdoors. A future where trails are so abundant and high quality that anyone can use them safely and enjoyably. A future where our shared wild spaces are cherished and protected by all.
In short, WTA sees a future where there are trails for everyone, forever.