Mission: The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) as an internationally significant resource for the enjoyment of hikers and equestrians, and for the value that wild and scenic lands provide to all people.
Programs: Preserve:in 2014, 1,591 citizen stewards and corps crew members performed the hard, physical labor of annual maintenance and restoration of the pct. Pcta volunteers contributed 82,000 service hours in 2014, an in-kind value of $1. 8 million. These hours included the completion of 1,712 miles of trail maintenance, 46 miles of trail reconstruction, the construction of two trailhead kiosks and 40 volunteer training events.
promote:through our print and electronic publications and personal outreach, we promote the pct, marshal volunteers and keep our members and elected leaders informed of programs and issues facing the trail. Program service accomplishments continued on schedule o.
protect:in 2014, the pcta partnered with private foundations, land trusts, and federal agencies to purchase land from private owners that included or was adjacent to the pct. Program service accomplishments continued on schedule o.
The PCTA does a fantastic job with limited personnel and budget. By leveraging the staffs skills and a huge volunteer group they not only maintain a 2,658 mile trail corridor, they work to protect it from numerous encroaching threats and see and find funding to purchase key tracks of land.
I've been a volunteer trail crew member for eleven years now, and can attest to the dedication and commitment of the staff and other volunteers to the mission of the PCTA. Long hours by volunteers and staff members in the blazing sun or cold winds in the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington keep the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail one of the premier long distance trails in the world for hikers and equestrians. The PCTA is working hard to involve youth in its mission, educate elected officials about the importance of the trail as a national treasure, and do so with minimal overhead costs as a partner with the federal, state and county agencies that govern sections of the trail along its 2650 mile path.