Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA)
Virtual Training — Monthly training sessions were offered for the new tabling program, COVID-19 safety protocols, and online versions of the “Trail Skills College Curriculum”—including “100 Intro to Trail Maintenance” & “101 Intro to Trail Scouting”.
Virtual Engagement — PCTA, in an effort to keep spirits high amongst volunteers during the pandemic, hosted online awards presentation and virtual volunteer social events.
Land — PCTA is working with the Forest Service to transfer a parcel of land in Soledad Canyon, containing approximately .17 miles of the PCT, to federal ownership after purchasing it in March.
PCTA, in collaboration with the Eldorado National Forest and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, completed the Echo Summit trail tread project which began in 2018.
After a decade of effort between the PCTA & the Tahoe National Forest, with support from the American Conservation Experience trail crews, the 7-mile realignment of the Sierra Buttes trail was completed and opened for usage.
Safety — With COVID-19 & wildfires creating challenges, the PCT management focused on providing targeted information to keep trail users & volunteers safe, support local communities during the pandemic, and assess fire damage.
Staffing — The PTCA was able to fill two new positions, a Salesforce Database Administrator and a GIS Specialist.
App — With assistance from a technology firm, the PTCA was able to begin the first phase of a multi-year technology upgrade—integrating cloud-based Salesforce & GIS technologies—to transform the way the trail is protected & maintained while improving the trail experience.