March 2016
News from the Trail

T his way for the Pacific Northwest Trail.  Photo by Ashley Hill. 

It's hard to believe, but the this year the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail turns seven! As we celebrate the seven year anniversary of the PNT, we look forward to another exciting chapter in the trail's development.

Pacific Northwest Trail Association supporters are key to it's success and we invite those who already know and love the trail, as well as the next generation of trail visitors and advocates to join our community. Your financial support makes possible PNTA's youth work, education, and continual advocacy and maintenance of the Pacific Northwest Trail. Thank you for all that you do for the trail and for our community. 
The Pacific Northwest Trail Celebrates Seven Years!
Sunset in the Salmo Priest Wilderness along the Idaho, Washington border. 

Today is the seventh anniversary of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails (PNT) federal designation. Seven years ago, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The Act brought years of hard work to fruition with the Pacific Northwest Trail designated as America's newest National Scenic Trail.

But, as you might imagine, the PNT has been around a lot longer than the past seven years. In fact, the PNT was first imagined in the early 1970's. That means nearly 40 years of work has gone into building the current Pacific Northwest Trail. Each year we get closer to a completed trail. 

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Reed Waite, new Interim Executive Director joins PNTA 
We're pleased to announce the selection of Reed Waite as the Interim Executive Director for the PNTA. Waite will fill the vacancy left by Jon Knechtel through the summer while the board recruits the Association's next dynamic leader.

"We're very excited to have Reed on board, in this period of transition," declared Charles Carpenter, lawyer, and PNTA President. "Waite brings leadership and a deep sense of commitment to the Association's mission. He has served nonprofits at all levels and in different roles, and will be a wonderful asset to the Association as we begin the search for a new executive director."

Head to our blog to learn more. 
Please, just hike the PNT

How do you capture a life event? 2015 PNT thru-hiker Julie 'Rainbow Bright' Hotz documented her journey through video and photographs.  
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The PNT - From Vision to Reality on KRFY Radio
Thursday March 31st, please tune in to the KRFY Panhandle Community Radio Morning Show at 8 AM PST on 88.5 FM with hosts Phil Hough and Julie Kallemeyn as they discuss the Pacific Northwest Trail - From Vision to Reality. Their guests will be Pacific Northwest Trail Association Regional Coordinator Stephanie Campbell, Matt McGrath, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Program Manager with the U.S. Forest Service, and Brad Smith, North Idaho Director for Idaho Conservation League and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Committee Member. 

The show can be heard within a 30 mile radius of Sandpoint, Idaho with live streaming available from the KRFY website.
Be a part of Pacific Northwest Trail Planning in Montana
Trail Logo The Montana Geographic Subcommittee of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council will be hosting an open house and public meeting on April 14th at 3:30-6:30 PM, Flathead National Forest Supervisor's Office, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT. The meeting is a great way for members of the public to get involved with the planning process of the Pacific Northwest Trail. There will be a presentation followed by an open house for questions and comments. 

For more information, contact Regional Coordinator Stephanie Campbell, Advisory Council members Katie LeBlanc and Jessie Grossman, or visit the US Forest Service website at 
If you've got photos or stories that you'd like to share with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association community, contact Samantha at to be featured in the next addition of the newsletter.