LWCF ProtectionIn a bipartisan approach to land protection, the House Natural Resource Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. This is great news for the Pacific Crest Trail. With the committee vote, the legislation to renew the country’s most important land conservation program has a real chance of passage. Work continues on the bill, and it will still take a big effort to get it through both houses of Congress before the program expires on Sept. 30. Hikers on the Trinity Divide, an ongoing PCTA project to protect 17 miles of the PCT using the LWCF. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a federal land protection program crucial to the long-term protection of the PCT and the experience it provides, as well as to the other scenic, historic and recreation trails in the National Trails System. Over the last 17 years, almost $36 million from the LWCF has been used to acquire and permanently protect about 23,000 acres along the PCT. Much of that work has been done since 2015, when the Pacific Crest Trail Association expanded its Land Protection Program. “Ten percent of the Pacific Crest Trail still lacks...
It’s finally here! The movie, WILD, based on Cheryl Strayed’s award-winning book, is out! Not only is it an awesome motion picture, but it also showcases the beauty and impact of one of America’s national treasures – the Pacific Crest Trail. Watch Cheryl Strayed’s call to action below, and the movie trailer, and let’s get talking about the PCT!   “It’s up to us to make sure this national treasure is available now and for future generations, because if we don’t, nobody will.” Cheryl says.     Love the PCT? Inspired by Cheryl? Donate now. PCTA is the only organization dedicated to preserving the entire Pacific Crest Trail and the experiences it provides so that you and others have a wild place for personal reflection. Donate today. Like and share this video with your friends. (Here it is on Facebook.) Check out our #ResponsiblyWILD site.   “Every time I set foot on that trail, I feel grateful for the PCTA for doing the work it does to protect and preserve it” – Cheryl Strayed  

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