Land & Resources Management


The National Trails System Act of 1968, as amended, calls for establishing trails in both urban and rural settings for people of all ages, interests, skills, and physical abilities. It establishes four classes of trails: national scenic trails, national historic trails, national recreation trails, and side and connecting trails.


When it designated the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Congress charged the Forest Service with developing a comprehensive plan for the acquisition, management, development, and use of the trail (National Trails System Act, Sec. 5(e)) that:

  • Guides long-term administration and management of the trail as one unit.
  • Maintains an “all lands” shared vision for connectivity, stewardship, & services
  • Establishes rights-of-way (corridor route)

Resource Management

Trail sign for Pacific Northwest Trail at GlacierMultiple federal and state partners manage lands and resources along the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.


Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council

Public meeting with diverse stakeholders.

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.