COVID-19 Updates and the PNTA

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As is the case around much of the world, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Washington, Idaho and Montana—including some PNT trailside communities. The president has declared a national emergency and has joined many local officials in recommending that all non-essential gatherings of ten or more people be postponed to help slow the…
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Hike the Hill

23rd Annual Hike the Hill Event

Each February, advocates from the Partnership for the National Trails System, the American Hiking Society, and the member organizations and affiliates who represent our 30 national scenic and historic trails assemble in Washington DC to Hike the Hill. This year, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association was represented by Executive Director, Jeff Kish and Senior Consultant,…
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Boundary Trail Pasayten Wilderness

Clearing a Path Through the Pasayten

How PNTA and our partners battled blowdowns and years of wildfire damage to restore access to the Boundary Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness Pressed up against the jagged peaks that guard our northern border between the arid Okanogan and the glacier-clad ranges of the North Cascades lies the 531,000-acre Pasayten Wilderness. Like all designated wilderness…
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Six Moon Designs Donation

Six Moon Designs Donation

On August 18th, 2019, Six Moon Designs, manufacturers of lightweight, high-quality, affordable backpacking equipment, made a generous donation of outdoor gear to the Association’s Performance Trail Crew program.  With new lightweight backpacks and tents, the youth and young adults who served on our backcountry trail crews this season were better equipped to reach remote worksites…
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PNTA Performance Trail Crew

Meet Our 2019 Performance Trail Crews

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Meet the six hard-working trail crews that spend the summer working on the Pacific Northwest Trail. Our Performance Trail Crews are seasonal trail maintenance and construction teams that keep the Pacific Northwest Trail open for everyone to enjoy. Each season, we train youth and young adults from trailside communities to tend trails and camp out in…
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Meet Our 2019 Crew Leaders

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  Get to know the nine dedicated trail crew leaders who lead our Performance Trail Crews. Each week, we’ll introduce a new member of our team in this blog! During our short summer season, our crew leaders mentor and train youth and young adults who serve on our trail crews, guiding them on long backcountry…
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The Parks For All Program helped to make Crew Leader Training possible

Preparing for the Season Ahead

  Each spring, before the trail melts out on the high passes or the first log of the season is cut, Pacific Northwest Trail Association staff come together for our annual crew leader training. This year’s training was held a short distance from the Pacific Northwest Trail at Camp Ortoha, a youth camp nestled among…
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10 year anniversary

Celebrating Ten Years as a National Scenic Trail

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WASHINGTON – MARCH 30: Flanked by, (L-R) Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT), and Matthew Reeve, son…
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LWCF Permanently Reauthorized

America’s Best Conservation Program Reauthorized

  On March 12, President Trump signed a public lands package which passed both houses of congress with broad bipartisan support. Called the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, S.47 permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and includes other important conservation measures across the nation. There’s much work to be…
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Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

New Trailhead Shuttle Available

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As America’s wildest and most remote National Scenic Trail, simply getting to the Pacific Northwest Trail can be an adventure, especially for those traveling without personal transportation. On the west end of the trail, a new shuttle will make it a lot easier to reach the trailhead this year. Although bus service is available between…
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Performance Trail Crew - restore pasayten

REI Awards PNTA Grant to Restore Pasayten

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  On December 2nd, 2018, REI, the national outdoor specialty retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op with 6 million active members, announced grant recipients of their National Trails System Act Grant program. The Pacific Northwest Trail Association was awarded $25,000 in grant funding to support trail restoration on the Pasayten Wilderness and to strengthen…
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