Advisory Committees

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council

The Forest Service is seeking volunteers to serve on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council.

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. 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 first Council meeting is tentatively scheduled for April, 2015, and we anticipate that it will meet approximately twice a year for three years.

For more information on eligibility and applying, you can contact Matt McGrath, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Program Manager at (425) 783-6199; 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 (please note:  the overwhelming number of applications received to date are for the recreation [hiking] interest)

Applications must be received by October 15, 2014.

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