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In accordance with the National Trails System Act (NTSA) (Pub. L. 90-543, as amended through Pub. L. 116-9) (16 U.S.C. §§ 1241 to 1251) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.2), the Secretary of Agriculture has renewed the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, effective March 10, 2020.

The Forest Service is soliciting nominations for volunteers to serve on the advisory council. For more information, including application forms and instructions, please visit the Membership page. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to July 31, 2020.

The purpose of the advisory council is to make recommendations on matters relating to the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in accordance with Section 5(d) of the NTSA, which states,

 “The Secretary charged with the administration of each respective trail shall, within one year of the date of the addition of any national scenic or national historic trail to the system, ……establish an advisory council for each such trail, each of which councils shall expire ten years from the date of its establishment, …… The appropriate Secretary shall consult with such council from time to time with respect to matters relating to the trail, including the selection of rights-of-way, standards for the erection and maintenance of markers along the trail, and the administration of the trail.”

The advisory council will operate under the provisions of FACA, and will report to the Secretary of Agriculture through the Chief of the Forest Service.

The advisory council was previously active and met three times, in 2015 and 2016, before the previous charter expired in 2018. Archived information from past advisory council meetings can be found on the Meetings page.

We anticipate holding the next in-person meeting of the advisory council after members are appointed, likely in fall 2020, at a location to be determined in Montana, Idaho, or Washington, proximate to the Pacific Northwest Trail.


Photo of the advisory council outside on a sunny day.

Inaugural Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council