Issaquah Alps Trails Club hosts panel discussion on ‘Loving our public lands to death’ Jan. 25

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club will host a panel discussion on “Community, Conservancy & Capacity: Loving our Public Lands to Death” at its annual meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Issaquah Depot on 78 First Ave. NE.

The program starts at 7 p.m. and features Issaquah Mayor Mary Lou Pauly as the keynote speaker along with panelists Laurie Benson of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, John Ernster of Washington State Parks, the Issaquah Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Watling, and Ingrid Lundin of King County Parks.

The public is invited. Following the program, the club will hold a general membership meeting, which the public is also invited to attend.

The club, formed in 1976, provides local hikes, education and trail work, and advocacy for public lands. Learn more at For more information on the panel discussion, contact Suzanne Kagen at