National Trails Day: Help Wildlife by Hiking (June 2)

Help raise funds for wildlife biology student scholarships by hiking the Dave Brittell Memorial Trail on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County on National Trails Day, June 2. This fourth annual hike is in memory of a great lover of hiking, trails and wildlife. Dave Brittell was a wildlife biologist and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) leader whose work over 38 years left a legacy of public lands for wildlife habitat conservation and recreation.

The eight-mile trail on the Sinlahekin, one of Dave’s favorite places, was dedicated in his name in 2014 after his death from cancer at the age of 61.  Every year since then Dave’s family and friends have conducted a scholarship fund-raising hike on the trail on National Trails Day. To date, more than $9,000 have been raised and scholarships awarded to five wildlife biology students enrolled in four different Pacific Northwest colleges. Participants receive commemorative t-shirts with original designs by Brittell family or friends, and can end the day with a barbecue and evening campfire. More hike details and required pre-registration can be acquired from using “Attention Brittell Hike” in the subject line. //


Feature photo: Sinlahekin wildlife area

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