The US Forest Service has established the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of citizens and representatives of federal agencies, state governments, and local governments. Members of the Council represent a balance of perspectives from across the trail and throughout the United States.
The Council, established under the National Trails System Act, will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture about matters relating to the administration and management of the Pacific Northwest Trail, specifically advising on trail uses, establishing a trail corridor, and prioritizing future projects. Designated by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 2009, the Pacific Northwest Trail connects people and communities along a 1,200-mile route in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.