Advisory Committees

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council

The Forest Service has established the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council. The Council will be 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.

The first Council meeting is being organized for 2 consecutive days during October [dates to be announced] in Sandpoint, ID. We anticipate that the Council will meet approximately twice a year for three years. All meetings are open to the public, and details will be posted on this website and published in the Federal Register in advance of the meeting date.

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. Interested candidates should have a desire to perpetuate and protect the characteristics and values of the Trail while taking into consideration other public interests along the Trail corridor. Members will serve a two-year term and may serve consecutive terms.

The Secretary of Agriculture has selected the members of the Council. Members will receive letters and certificates confirming their appointments.

Any new applications we receive will be held to fill future vacancies on the Council.

For more information on eligibility and applying to fill future vacancies on the Council, you can contact Becky Blanchard, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Planning & Partnerships Specialist, at (503) 808-2422; email:

Applications must include:

  • nominee's resumé
  • completed and signed AD-755
  • clear indication in AD-755 #11, 14, or elsewhere in the application of the interest(s) the nominee is willing and qualified to represent on the Council

How to Apply

Overview of Advisory Council Member Responsibilities

News Release


Federal Advisory Committee Resources

Federal Advisory Committees are governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, or FACA. More information about FACA is available at these links:

Forest Service FACA Resources

General Services Administration - Federal Advisory Committee Overview