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WSU/Pend Oreille Extension introduced the Sense of Place series in 1999, with a focus on place-based stewardship education. Since 2001, a partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department (KNRD) has supported this newsletter and allowed us to expand class offerings through EPA funding. Further staff support comes through Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). Many thanks to our partners and to you, our readers, for your continued enthusiasm for "digging" into the natural history and culture of this part of the world.

On the Beaten Path


by Carol Mack • WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension

Trail: A trail is a simple path worn by animals or people passing repeatedly through a remote or rugged territory. The many kinds of trails include cattle, deer and mountain trails; historic trails of Native American origin; trails for skiing and hiking, and for walking through parks and nature sanctuaries. As a word for such routes, trail comes into use around 1800; the earlier word, still used in southern states, is trace. In American English, trail has taken on iconic status, suggesting a journey into wilderness or unknown territory. But not into the entirely unknown, of course, for the trail is itself a guide, embodying collective intelligence about the best way through a region. Indeed, many full-fledged roads now follow the route of former trails.
by Emily Hiestand
From Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, Barry Lopez, editor; Debra Gwartney, managing editor. Trinity University Press, San Antonio Texas, 2006

(See www.homegroundproject.com for more information about this wonderful book that explains landscape terms through the voices of contemporary American writers.)

Whether you travel on snowshoes, hiking boots, hooves or wheels, Pend Oreille trails remind us that the journey is about much more than reaching a destination. Here are a few websites to help plan your trip outdoors…Happy trails!

Pend Oreille Trail Websites

Washington Trails Association, skiing and snowshoeing
http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/basics/skiing-snowshoeing-information

Wheelchair accessible trails in Pend Oreille County:
http://www.accessibletrails.com/NE_Wa/pendoreille.htm

Pend Oreille County Birding Trail Map and Site Descriptions
http://www.porta-us.com/birding.html

ATV Trails: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville/travel-mgt

PO County Park trail system maps
http://w.co.pend-oreille.wa.us/COMPPLAN/PARKWINTER.PDF

Colville National Forest hiking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville/recreation/trails/trails.shtml

Topo Explorer—topo maps, satellite images or hybrid
http://beta.topo.com/trips/179-colville-national-forest-trails

Pacific Northwest Trail (This 1,200 mile trail crosses the north
end of Pend Oreille County): http://www.pnt.org

Ice Age Floods National Geological Trail: http://www.iafi.org/trail.html

Pend Oreille Historical Society book list, including driving tours
http://www.pocmuseum.org/books.html

Selkirk Loop: http://selkirkloop.org

Washington Water Trails Association: http://www.wwta.org

North Pend Oreille Scenic Byway: http://www.povn.com/byway

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