Author Archives: Mike Dawson

About Mike Dawson

As Trail Operations Director, Mike is responsible for formulating and implementing PCTA policies related to management and protection of the trail, overseeing management of PCTA trail maintenance program, and coordinating protection of the PCT experience including land protection activities. He lives on Vashon Island in Washington with his wife Tina.

Learn more about ongoing forest planning work in the High Sierra

Map of the Pacific Crest Trail

The Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia national forests are now updating their forest plans, which guide the management of land in the national forests. The U.S. Forest Service has released draft plans and related documents for these three forests for public comment. You can read these drafts and learn more about ... Read more “Learn more about ongoing forest planning work in the High Sierra”

PCTA Statement on OHV issues on the PCT, December 2014

The Pacific Crest Trail Association’s mission is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. The PCT provides hiking and horseback-riding experiences of the highest caliber, showcasing the ... Read more “PCTA Statement on OHV issues on the PCT, December 2014”

PCTA position on the Forest Planning process, November 2014

Photo by Ethan Gehl

Recently the U.S. Forest Service published and took public comments on forest plans that would include a management area for the PCT in three forests in the Sierra. The agency also provided a draft proposal of direction as to how it will consider and treat the federal land within the ... Read more “PCTA position on the Forest Planning process, November 2014”

Early history of the Pacific Crest Trail: America’s Wilderness Trail

This year, the Wilderness Act turns 50 years old! We’re celebrating Wilderness’ birthday all year long. This article explores the history of the Pacific Crest Trail, Wilderness and the National Trails System Act. It was originally published in the PCT Communicator magazine. For more, visit the Pacific Crest Trail history ... Read more “Early history of the Pacific Crest Trail: America’s Wilderness Trail”