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. 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.

Advisory Council charter


Advisory Council news releases

Secretary of Agriculture Appoints Members to the First Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council (September 4, 2015)

Forest Service Seeks Applicants for Pacific Northwest Trail Advisory Council (May 22, 2014)


Advisory Council meetings

Meeting #1:  October 14-15, 2015

The first Advisory Council meeting will be October 14-15, 2015, from 8am to 5pm PDT at the Best Western Edgewater Resort, 56 Bridge Street, Sandpoint, Idaho. Details will be posted on this website and published in the Federal Register in advance of the meeting date.

The purpose of this first meeting is to provide:

  1. overview of legislation, policy, and interagency planning requirements for National Scenic Trails;
  2. discussion of planning approach, process, and schedule for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail comprehensive plan; and
  3. recommendations regarding the work, priorities, and schedule for the Advisory Council.

Advisory Council meeting #1 proposed agenda (updated October 5, 2015)


Meeting resources:

Meeting #2:  Spring 2016

The second Advisory Council meeting is being planned for spring 2016. We anticipate meeting in western Washington, likely in April or May. When the dates and location have been selected, we will post the information here.

General information about meetings

We anticipate that the Advisory Council will meet approximately twice a year for three years, until the completion of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail comprehensive plan.

All Advisory Council meetings are open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should submit a request in writing at least one week in advance to be scheduled on the agenda.  Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the Council may file written statements with the Council’s staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and time requests for oral comments must be sent to Matt McGrath, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Program Manager, 2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 3A, Everett, Washington  98201, or by email to All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Pacific Northwest Regional Office of the United States Forest Service:  1220 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. Please call ahead to 503-808-2468 to facilitate entry into the building.

If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting Matt McGrath, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Program Manager, by phone at 425-583-9304 or via email at All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis.


Advisory Council membership

The Secretary of Agriculture has selected the members of the Council for the inaugural two-year term, August 2015-August 2017.

Nominations for Tribal representatives are being solicited and will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For other interests, any new applications we receive will be held to fill future vacancies on the Council, either resulting from resignations or for the next two-year term, August 2017-August 2019. 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.

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 qualified and willing to represent on the Council

How to apply

Roster of Advisory Council members by interest with email contact information

Overview of Advisory Council member responsibilities


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