Pacific Northwest NST: 2018 Highlights

Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA)

  • Launched an entirely new, feature rich website to promote the PNT and provide trail users with up-to-date information for enjoying the trail safely and responsibly.
  • Installed new PNT thunderbird servicemark signage along the length of the trail in five national forests and numerous state-managed units through Project Thunderbird.
  • Held Spring Ruck, an educational event in partnership with the American Long Distance Hiking AssociationWest in Bellingham, WA.
  • Released a revised second version of the PNTA map set for the trail and partnered with Atlas Guides to release the first official navigation app for the trail.
  • Supported a local land trust in the acquisition of an easement to ensure permanent public access for the trail across private land on Whidbey Island.
  • PNTA partnered with the U.S. Forest Service and University of Montana to support an internship to study trail use in Western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle.
  • Engaged with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to find visitor use management solutions for the trail’s route across the Tribe’s ancestral lands.
  • Developed PNTA’s new four-year strategic plan.
  • Added two new permanent full time positions with PNTA: Eastern and Western Washington Regional Coordinators.

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PNTA Communications Manager Eric Wollborg installs new trail signage in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in 2018. Photo by Jeff Kish, PNTA.