It’s the 2014 National Scenic Trails Workshop

PCTA plays an active role in the Partnership for the National Trails System. In even-numbered years, we come together with our colleagues from other National Scenic Trails to talk shop and reconnect. It’s a chance to share information and go deep on issues we all face in our efforts to take care of our respective trails and our work to promote the national trails system and support for it with elected leaders and policy makers. This week, we’re all doing just that in Lake Tahoe. The 2014 National Scenic Trails Workshop is underway. Follow our livefeed of the event on our twitter page.

Our National Trails System includes scenic, historic and recreation trails. This week's workshop is just for the scenic trails like the PCT.

Our National Trails System includes scenic, historic and recreation trails. This week’s workshop is just for the scenic trails like the PCT.

For this workshop, it’s PCTA’s turn to play host. Our staff – mostly Jennifer Tripp, Ian Nelson and Teresa Raichart – have organized what’s turning out to be a very successful event. Professionals from nine of the 11 National Scenic Trails are here along with a number of our federal agency partners and representatives from the Trust for Public Land, American Hiking Society and others. The partnership is also sponsoring nine young professionals who are attending as part of the Trails Apprenticeship program.

This session, one of five tracks, was covering the "nature and purpose" of National Scenic Trails when this photo was snapped.

This session, one of five tracks, was covering the “nature and purpose” of National Scenic Trails when this photo was snapped.

Today’s agenda includes nearly a dozen sessions on important topics facing the nation’s scenic trails. This morning’s focus is on land protection across the National Trails System. Later today, attendees can choose from conversations on everything from working with international sister trails to reducing trail users’ impacts to working with Geographic Information Systems.

Our National Scenic Trails are really very special. As we work together as managers this week, we hope that you, our supporters, will take a moment to reflect on how incredible it is that our country has decided to create, and steward a system of national trails. Please spread the word about this important resource and continue helping to care for it. We could not do it without you.

Teresa Martinez, managing director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (top left) and Jack Haskel, PCTA trail information specialist (bottom left) take a selfie with the young professionals from the 2014 Trail Apprentice program. We were talking about injecting youthful perspective into trail management.

Teresa Martinez, managing director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (top left) and Jack Haskel, PCTA trail information specialist (bottom left) take a selfie with the young professionals from the 2014 Trail Apprentice program. We were talking about injecting youthful perspective into trail management.

Gathering for dinner. It's easily one of our most productive times during the day.

Gathering for dinner. It’s easily one of our most productive times during the day.

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.