Pathways to LEAD - Organization Profile -Pacific Crest Trail Association

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West Coast United States

Programming Area(s) – Environment/Climate Research, Policy/Advocacy, Environmental Justice

Desired Expertise – Senior Nonprofit Management, Strategic Planning, Finance/Accounting

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association 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.

Organization Description

Congress designated the Pacific Crest Trail as one of the nation’s first National Scenic Trails in 1968. Stretching 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, the PCT follows the crests of major mountain ranges through California, Oregon and Washington.

Founded in 1977 to preserve Congress’ original vision of the trail, the Pacific Crest Trail Association is the natural outgrowth and merger of smaller organizations dating back to the 1930s. Our programs are rooted in our mission to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands.

Core program areas –

Trail Maintenance: The PCT requires constant effort to keep it safe and passable. The PCTA takes the lead in organizing, training and supporting the work of volunteer trail maintainers.

Land Protection: Approximately 10 percent of the trail remains on private land with little in place to help protect the trail experience for future generations. The PCTA works with landowners, public agencies, conservation organizations and local communities in a cooperative effort to protect land for the trail.

Trail protection: Trail protection activities include efforts to limit negative impacts on the trail experience from development, timber harvesting and other resource extraction activities.

Trail Information: The PCTA serves as a primary resource for information about the PCT.

Board Member Position Description

• Select, evaluate, and support the Executive Director & CEO
• Approve and provide oversight to institutional policies, including human resources, financial, advocacy, etc.
• Participate in fiscal oversight, including adoption and review of annual operating budget
• Act as a change agent; good listener with strategic imagination, and eager to contribute to PCTA’s cultural transformation
• Supportive and collegial interpersonal skills; able to build authentic relationships and partnerships
• Attend regular board and standing committee meetings, and other special events as appropriate
• Serve on a standing and/or ad hoc committee; pursue professional development in PCTA mission-critical subjects
• Take an active interest in environmental, climate change, and other mission-critical issues
• Serve as a PCTA goodwill ambassador to their individual networks and to the community at large

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