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Glacier-To-Sound Trail Needs Volunteers To Help With Work

Sun., March 8, 1998

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is seeking volunteers to help with the on-going project of linking a trail from Glacier National Park to Puget Sound.

The project has been under way for 15 years. Some people have hiked the route, using a guidebook written by trail founder Ron Strickland in 1984.

Much work still needs to be done, he said.

“Hikers seem to be rugged individualists who aren’t easy to round up for trail work,” said Strickland, who has home bases in Spokane and Yaak, Mont. “The Backcountry Horsemen groups have been more committed.”

“But we finally turned a corner in getting hikers involved with our efforts in Western Washington. A group of PNT activists have been scheduling work sessions nearly every weekend to connect Mount Baker with saltwater.”

The benefits of the efforts are evident, he said.

“In the last weekend of January, there were 70 people hiking the stretch of trail we’ve been building west of Bellingham.”

The trail through Montana, Idaho and Washington takes in three national parks - Glacier, North Cascades and Olympia - and seven national forests, including the Kootenai, Panhandle and Colville.

State and federal agencies have pledged little or no support for the trail because of the complexity in linking the different jurisdictions and private land.

Strickland said it has been done before with the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails. “There’s no reason this trail can’t be completed,” he said.

The association recently got a $30,000 Washington state grant for construction equipment, Strickland said. Most construction this year will occur in western Washington and Montana. The trail guidebook should be updated within the next two years, he said.

Info: Ron Strickland at (509) 747-5738, or e-mail to pnt@sos.net. The group’s internet address is www.pnt.org.

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MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Work to be done The Panhandle National Forest, with help from trails advocate Jack O’Brien, is rounding up volunteers for a mass trail maintenance day on May 30 to spruce up trails within an hour’s drive of Coeur d’Alene. Hikers, equestrians and bikers are all welcome. Info: Andy Boggs, (208) 769-3000.

The following fields overflowed: BYLINE = Rich Landers Outdoors editor Staff writer Julie Titone contributed to this story.

This sidebar appeared with the story: Work to be done The Panhandle National Forest, with help from trails advocate Jack O’Brien, is rounding up volunteers for a mass trail maintenance day on May 30 to spruce up trails within an hour’s drive of Coeur d’Alene. Hikers, equestrians and bikers are all welcome. Info: Andy Boggs, (208) 769-3000.

The following fields overflowed: BYLINE = Rich Landers Outdoors editor Staff writer Julie Titone contributed to this story.


 
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