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June 2013

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Bring on the New! -- Executive Director

 

Steven Starlund 

  

A New Year often brings renewed clarity of vision and Expectations; this upcoming year for the Pacific Northwest Trail Association will be no exception.

  

I want to give you a preview of our expanded outreach to new communities, our PNTA promotion

opportunities and how you can join in the fun, the work and wonder

 

A significant part of the "nature and purpose" of PNTA  is to entice people of all walks of life, to take a hike on a piece of continental history--the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT).  Our trail legacy showcases a thousand different remote, rural and close-in, outdoor adventure settings that have  gone relatively unmarred for centuries and eons.  You don't have to be a "thru-hiker" to get a wild and woolly landscape experience in the border high-plateau of the Pasayten Wilderness or enjoy the remote rural townscape of Metaline Falls, in the far corner of Washington.  The walk along the sand bluffs on Whidbey Island, with expansive vistas out to the Straits and Olympics are enough to sharing in the eons of weather-carving of our northwest coast.  And not to mention the trail entry into the wilds of Idaho and Montana, which I've yet to explore on my own PNT venture.

 

Bravo to all of you, members, trail workers and supporters, who have contributed to the creation and accessibility of this outdoor greatness.  Now, in the new Year, is the right time to invite others to experience what our PNT trail reveals, and the right time to invite others to join in and become a PNT adventurer.

 

This year we will grow our youth programs--outdoor education and skills training.  Already we have several local business contributors whose support for our new Youth Trail Crew Sponsorship Program will help high school youth earn a summer's wage working for one of our trail performance crews.  We are putting on our first ever Week-long Day Camps for youths between the ages of 8-12 this summer and have had great response and interest from both parents and children.  We have made a great start in our goal to support our youth.  
But for us to be able to continue the PNTA will need funds from continuing and new memberships and from local businesses to large corporate sponsors to give local youth a knowledge of the natural surroundings, and the knowledge and skills to do good work in the woods, the mountains and on our PNNST. 

The PNTA will also be partnering with the Wild Rivers Foundation and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra in presenting a benefit concert  "In Wildness"  September 22nd, 2013 to raise awareness for our trails and wild rivers. 

 

Stay tuned...and do join in.

 

Steven

                      

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Whistler Canyon Trailhead
 

  

By Jon Knechtel

Director of Trail Operations, PNTA

  

Since 2007, the Whistler Canyon Trailhead has been a dream of many people in Okanogan  

County, in the State of Washington.  This major access point on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, south of Oroville, WA on US Highway 97, was blocked off to public use by a rock quarry.  Through a collaborative partnership of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, the Okanogan Valley Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, the Okanogan Trails Coalition, Okanogan County, Kinross Gold, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management we finally saw our efforts take shape in 2012.  With the county taking the lead, this first new trailhead on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, has become a reality.

 

Funding for this project came from numerous grants and private donations!  With the completion of this phase of the development, the land will in a short period of time pass from county ownership to that of the Bureau of Land Management.  All of us who have been involved with this process, for the last five-years, salute the movers and shakers who will have made this happen.  Ted Murray, from Okanogan County, Trygve Culp from the PNTA and BCHW, Dave Swanberg from the BCHW, Mark Morris, retired District Ranger, Diane Priebe, from the BLM and last but not least, David Beaver from the BLM.

 

On June 1st, National Trails Day, a group of over 20 volunteers descended on the trailhead.  Benches were installed in two locations along the Trail,  an additional 500 plus feet of fencing was installed, trail work (mainly drainage issues) was done, and the new trailhead sign was installed.  Many thanks go out to all the volunteers from the Okanogan Valley Chapter BCH, the Oroville TMO, the PNTA, and others who participated in this project.  This is the first new trailhead to be built along the entire length of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

 

Congratulations!!!!!! 

   

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Cascade West Region

 

We sponsored a hike with dogs in March; call the Dog-Gone Trail Hike. The event was set up at the lower trailhead on Blanchard Mountain.  We had treats for the dogs and coffee and cocoa for the rest of us.  Christian Warman and Cody Trout even made some pancakes. The weather was chilly and overcast.  The DNR had a representative there to talk about the Discovery Pass and news about the trail system on Blanchard Forest.  five volunteers were on hand to help direct hikers to the different trails and to discuss the PNTA and our planned summer activities.

 

Lewis Trout

Cascade West Regional Coordinator

Office phone 360-854-9415  -- Cell phone 360-333-7767

E-mail ltrout@pnt.org

 

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New Forest Service Public Website for the PNNST

 

Thanks to efforts of our USFS Trail Administrator Matt McGrath and Natural Resources

Specialist Becky Blanchard the PNNST now has a Forest Service public website.  It is still 

under construction but what it has is worth checking out. They have a slideshow with great scenic views of the trail and they plan on adding more content.The link below will take you to the Forest Service site.

 

The site link is http://www.fs.usda.gov/pnt

 

                                                                                                                
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*Washington State Parks Turns 100*

                       

Happy Birthday to Washington State Parks and here is wishing for 100 more. There are many events across Washington that have been planned through out the year to celebrate the Parks 100th birthday. For details on those events and contact information if you have an event you want to have added following the link below:

       

     WA State Parks Centennial Events 


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2013's Fee Free Days
  
The begining of the year the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the "Fee Free Days" at the National Parks, US Forest Service and other federal public lands for more information and the list of days click...here.
 
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TRAIL PERFORMANCE CREW 
SUMMER YOUTH SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

 

 

Every summer, PNTA puts youths to work constructing and maintaining trail segments across the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.  We employ young adults from the local community to work with trained trail professionals.  They benefit themselves and make substantial improvements to this national trail treasure.

 

"There is nothing like sending a youth into the woods to do trail building work with a team of youths and leadership.  It builds character, they have a great time, and they earn a summer wage." 

   --- Lewis Trout, Regional Trail Coordinator...read more

 

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Sponsors of the PNTA Youth Performance Trail Crew Program

 

A Big Thank You to the following local businesses who have chosen to sponsor a youth crew member.  Youth are important to not only our future but the communities that they are a part of and investing in them today brings with it returns for tomorrow.

 

Port Townsend Kiwanis Club, Port Townsend, WA

Terry Fife of Edward Jones Investments, Bellingham, WA

Waldod Subway, Deming, WA

Handy Mart of Sedro Woolley, WA

Loggers & Contractors Supply, Inc, Sedro Woolley, WA

Skagit River Steel & Recycling, Burlington, WA

 

 

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Book Shelf

 

Tim Youngbluth's "Pacific Northwest Trail Digest".  Tim is a retired Air Force Colonel who has been hiking for 50 years.  With the assistance or three of the more current thru-hikers Tim has put to together a wonderful book on trail tips and navigation notes for the PNT.  He includes tips on getting permits, campsites, places for resupply, Waypoints, key trail notes and much more.  This is a book well worth having on your shelf.  You can find it on Amazon.com in both a paperback version and a Kindle version.  You can also contact the author at 3dtrails@gmail.com.  

 

Craig Romano's "Day Hiking Eastern Washington"(with Rich Landers) (Mountaineers Books) is now available. There are lots of hikes in this book that you can hike along portions of the Pacific Northwest Trail. They are a diverse lot and offer some of the best hiking in Eastern Washington.  Hike the PNT on the following hikes in this book; 

 

Similkameen Trail (hike no. 1), Whistler Canyon (hike no. 2), Antoine Trail (hike no. 3), 

Southside Trail (hike no. 4), Clackamas Mountain (hike no. 10), 

Thirteenmile Canyon (Hike no. 17), Thirteenmile Mountain (hike no. 18), 

Eds and Bald Mountains (hike no. 19), Sherman Peak (hike no. 21), 

Columbia (hike no. 22), Copper Butte (hikes no. 27 and 28), 

Ryan's Cabin Loop (hike no. 31), Sentinel Butte (Hike no. 32), 

Abercrombie Mountain (hike no. 45), Crowell Ridge (hike no. 51), 

Gypsy Peak (Hike no. 52),  Shedroof Divide (hike no. 54)

For more information on this book and the others he has written visit him at:

http://CraigRomano.com and on Facebook at  "Craig Romano Guidebook Author."

  

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Something More.......

 

Rockin' The Wild

 

This year in partnerhip with the US Forest Service we are thrilled to present three week-long day-camps in July and August and open to 8-12 year olds.  The sessions are free and will be held at the Darrington Ranger Station.  The flyer states it was to be at Rockport State Park but due to logistic reasons we have changed locations.  The dates are:

 

July 15th-July19th (is now full)

July 29th-August 2nd

August 5th-August 9th

 

Transportation, if needed ($20 fee), will be provided from pickup locations in Sedro-Woolley, Concrete, and Rockport.  If you or you know of someone who might be interested there is a downloadable copy of the flyer on our website  www.pnt.org 

 

In Wildness

 

 September 22nd, 2013  we will be celebrating our trails and rivers with a fundraising concert 

to be held at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center.  The In Wildness Benefit concert will help to create regional visibility and lend support to the PNTA, the Wild Rivers Foundation and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and will feature: 
 
Handel's "Water Music and Haydn's Symphony No. 59 "Fire".  
 
For more information follow the link  In Wildness.
  

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Volunteer Work Parties

 

The backbone of trail organizations like ours are the volunteers and members who through their efforts help to maintain what is one of our country's greatest assests, its wilderness trails and parks.  If you want to join a crew or if you, your club/organization or company want to put a crew together lets us know.  You can contact us at (360) 854-9415 or e-mail either Lewis Trout, Trail Crew Coordinator at ltrout@pnt.org or Jon Knechtel, Director of Trail Operations at jknechtel@pnt.org.  If you want to let other volunteers join your crew we can add it to this list along with your contact information for those interested in volunteering.  

 

Tips to trail work:

     No matter where you work  wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, have work gloves, and plenty of fluids to drink.  If the crew is a day crew usually you will need to bring a lunch.  It all depends on the crew's organizer as to what you need. 

 

Notice:

      Each person working on a crew will have to sign a liability release form.  

      Parents or guardians of those under 18 must sign for minors.

 

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SWITMO, Skagit, Whatcom, Island Trail Maintaining Organization

 

      13595 Avon Allen Road,  Mount Vernon WA 98273    

   360-424-0407   ---   www.SWITMO.org

 

We are a group of volunteers, made up of retired and working people.  Experience with trail work is not necessary when you first begin.   New volunteers are partnered with more experienced people. Most of what we do is common sense work.   Only the experienced volunteers operate the chain saws and other power tools.

     

For information call 360-424-0407 anytime up until 7:45 a.m. the morning of the work party.  

Tools will  be provided--hazel hoes, loppers, McLeods, Pulaskis, chain saws, brush cutters.  

You may bring your own tools if you wish.

 

If you can only work until noon, please call ahead to see if the work site will be conducive to 

your leaving early.  Sometimes we will be working behind locked gates or far up logging roads and it would not be convenient for people to leave early.

 

GENERAL TRAIL WORK 2013 SWITMO Trail work schedule for July through October.  Trail work will be done on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month.

 

July 6th and 20th

August 3rd and 17th

September 7th and 21st

October 5th and 19th

 

Except for National Trails Day, the meeting place is the Cook Road Park-n-Ride, exit 232 from I-5 north of Burlington across from Starbucks.  Exit the freeway, turn right and then immediately turn right onto Old Highway 99.  Meeting time is 8:15 a.m.   

 

For questions call 360-424-0407 or e-mail to  jdmelcher@comcast.net.  

 

 

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  Youth Volunteer Vacations 

 

Pacific Northwest Trail Association's Youth Vacations are opportunities for high school students ages 14-18 to spend a week outdoors building and maintaining hiking trails in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment throughout the state. Learn more about the details and the schedule.

  

Service Trips for High Schools Students

 

Are you a high school student age 14 - 18 who loves to be outdoors? Are you eager to experience new challenges, learn new skills and meet new people? Learn all about the world of building and maintaining hiking trails, experienced in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment in various locations across the state. PNTA offers first-time participants front country trips, and more experienced students have the option to join a more remote trip in the backcountry.

 

Front country Trips:

 

PNTA Front country trips provide opportunities to experience projects near the ocean and in the mountains. All of our trips provide you with experienced crew leaders, a great project, some camping gear may be available (tents and sleeping pads provided for front country trips) and all of your meals for the week.

 

Advanced Backcountry Trips:

 

Those with experience, or Youth Volunteer Vacation experience may be eligible for one of our Advanced Backcountry trips. Participants on these trips will be backpacking in to the work site and will have a chance to advance trail and leadership skills under the supervision of a PNTA crew leader. Approval from a crew leader is necessary.

 

Youth Vacation Information:

 

>   You must be 14 -18 years old to join one of our Youth Volunteer Vacations

 

         >   Each person working on a crew will have to sign a liability release form.  

           Parents or guardians of those under 18 must sign for minors.

 

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If you have any events you would like to have included or if you want to put together a volunteer 
work party and would like to have that information included in the newsletter you can contact us at 
(360) 854--9415 or e-mail us at ldowning@pnt.org 
 
In This Issue
Bring on the New!
From the Desk of the Director of Trail Operations
Cascade West Region
New Forest Service Public Website
WA State Parks Centennial
2013's Fee Free Days
Sponsors of the PNTA Youth Program
Book Shelf
Something More
Work Parties
Youth Volunteer Vacations
Membership
Upcoming Events
Books
Pacific Northwest Trail Guide
Sponsors
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Join Today 
 
Your membership makes 
the PNNST possible. 
It supports  the construction, maintenance, and protection of the trail for current and future generations to enjoy.
To find out more about becoming a member click on the membership link below.
 


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Upcoming Events 

July

            SWITMO
Work Partys: July 6th & 20th 
For more information call 
(360) 424-0407 or e-mail jdmelcher@comcast.net
 
   Okanogan Valley Chapter 
    Back Country Horsemen
       Ferry & Okanogan 
       joint ride and pack-in
           July 12th-14th
For more information call
Tryg Culp: (509) 486-2061 
 

July-August 

 

    PNTA:  Rockin' The Wild

3 week-long day camps for 8-12 year old youths.  Camp session cost is free.

July 15th-19th (full)

July 29th-August 2

August 5th-August 9th

For more information contact Lewis Trout (360) 854-9415 

or e-mail ltrout@pnt.org

               
August

 

           SWITMO

Work Partys: Aug 3rd & 17th 
For more information call 
(360) 424-0407 or e-mail

 

    Okanogan Valley Chapter 

    Back Country Horsemen

   Disappointment Work Party

         August 10th-11th 

  Wilderness Moving Pack trip

        Aug 28th-Sept 2nd

For more information call

Tryg Culp: (509) 486-2061 

 

   
September

 

          SWITMO
Work Partys: Sept 7th & 21st 
For more information call 
(360) 424-0407 or e-mail

 

    Okanogan Valley Chapter 

    Back Country Horsemen

 Wilderness Moving Pack trip

   (cont) Aug 28th-Sept 2nd

For more information call

Tryg Culp: (509) 486-2061
  
In Wildness Benefit Concert
Sept 22nd, 2013 [2-5 pm]
for tickets & location click here

 

October
 
            SWITMO
Work Partys: Oct 5th & 19th
For more information call 
(360) 424-0407 or e-mail

  

 

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Great news up until now it's been difficult to get a hold of a copy of the PNT trail guide. But thanks to one of our followers on Facebook we were given the heads up that you can now get an affordable copy of the guide from:  Google's ebookstore.         
 
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