Proposed Pacific Northwest Trail Route

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Welcome to the fact page for the proposed Pacific Northwest Trail route—a high-volume thru-hiker corridor that will have lasting and expanding impact on the ecosystems through which it passes.

The Yaak Valley Forest Council is involved in advising decision-makers in this process and urge you to become involved. Your cards, letters, e-mails are needed! Take a look at the links here and send a short note with your thoughts! Thank you!
Be sure to send us a copy of your correspondence and contact us directly if you have any questions!

info@yaakvalley.org

mtmcgrath@fs.fed.us

Thank you!

   What if there was another way? A way to protect (and, where necessary, restore) the ecologic integrity of the Yaak, yet send wayfaring pilgrims—some hungry for a thing they can’t name, others for a physical experience little different than a day at the gym, others for a connection with nature, ideally wild nature—yet a routing that would minimize or avoid disruption of one of the very things that makes the Yaak great and different from the vast majority of other valleys in the West, which is the presence of interior forest grizzlies?

The Yaak Valley Forest Council is encouraging these discussions, along with, as ever, opportunities for sustainable economic diversification in the region. We have not had luck engaging with the Forest Service in these matters, nor, certainly, with the recreational industry group out of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, which appears to have simply drawn a straight line, the most direct route to connect Glacier National Park with the Cascades National Park.

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If you’re interested in the future of the Yaak, we invite you to look at our bullet points on this issue, and contact us at info@yaakvalley.org. We don’t have to let the industrial hiking group nor the Forest Service in Region Six make these decisions—and they will be lasting ones—for us. There is still time to collaborate, informed with science, and do this right.

We’ll be presenting a study by independent Canadian and United States grizzly biologists regarding this issue; the Forest Service has said they don’t have the capacity to provide this level of service or management, and yet simultaneously assures us there is nothing to worry about.

We disagree. But as is the ethos of our organization, we also have positive solutions.

Please click on the link below to download our fact sheet: