Support Trails, Wilderness
and Public Lands
You can support trails and wilderness areas by joining a local or national trails or outdoors group. You can support state and national parks through charitable foundations and volunteer groups. You can donate to wilderness and environmental protection organizations. You can shop and dine in gateway communities to support local economies. Every little bit helps. We need to act today in order to secure our environment for tomorrow.
The PCTA is the primary organization that supports and advocates for the Pacific Crest Trail. You can also support and/or volunteer with your local state or national trails organization.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is world renowned for offering a rare opportunity to travel through exceptionally scenic, remote and primitive landscapes. The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the PCT as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. The PCTA, widely recognized as the trail’s champion and steward, achieves its work through the strength of its partnerships, staff, volunteers and the rest of the PCT community.
The American Hiking Society is the national voice for hikers by recognizing that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. AHS champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund and develop trails, in addition to providing resources to the public about how and where to hike.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge works to vigorously protect the scenic, natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge. They ensure strict implementation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act by promotingresponsible stewardship of Gorge land, air and waters. In addition, they educate the public about the unique natural values of the Columbia River Gorge and the importance of preserving its values, and work with groups and individuals to accomplish mutual preservation goals.
As the nation’s largest state-based hiking nonprofit organization, Washington Trails Association is the voice for hikers in Washington state. They protect hiking trails and wildlands, take volunteers out to maintain trails, and promote hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors. WTA advocates to create more equitable trail access and a more inclusive outdoor culture by ensuring that people of all ages, races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds will be able to enjoy Washington’s natural areas and discover the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of being outdoors.
Support Wilderness Areas
Most states with wilderness areas have their own preservation and advocacy organizations. You can support the Pacific Crest Trail’s wilderness areas with any of these groups.
The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect America’s shared wild lands, and to inspire Americans to care for their wild places. TWS advocates for clean air and water, abundant wildlife, havens for recreation, solitude and learning, and important sources of renewable energy. They promote better protection, stewardship and restoration of public lands to preserve America’s rich natural legacy. Since 1935, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states.
Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians. They have been instrumental in securing permanent legislative protection for some of Oregon’s most precious landscapes, including nearly 1.7 million acres of wilderness, 95,000 acres of forest and almost 1,800 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers. Through the power of its members, activists and volunteers, Oregon Wild works to maintain environmental laws, while building broad community support to preserve and protect Oregon’s natural assets.
Washington Wild works to protect and defend the natural beauty of Washington State’s federal lands, and plays an invaluable role in protecting nearly three million acres of wilderness. They achieve this by bringing people together in the vigorous defense of Washington’s remaining wild forests, waters and wildlife, and by educating, empowering and mobilizing local communities and grassroots networks to help protect wild lands and waters. In addition, they defend wild places from mounting threats, including timber sales, dam and mining proposals, and geothermal development.
The California Wilderness Coalition protects and restores the state’s wildest natural landscapes and watersheds on public lands by recognizing these places as sources of clean air and water, refuges for wildlife, and outstanding opportunities for recreation and spiritual renewal for people. They work with local communities to identify wild places that need protection, and build coalitions to support permanent protection for forests, mountains, rivers, deserts and other natural areas. CalWild believes that preserving wild spaces helps preserve our planet, our economy and our own health.
Support State and National Parks
The PCT passes through numerous state and national parks. They all rely on supportive funding and volunteer groups to help maintain park trails and preserve park environments.
With more than a million members and supporters, the National Parks Conservation Association is the voice of America’s national parks, and works to protect and preserve the nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. From its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 25 regional offices around the country, the NPCA calls on program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to inform and inspire the public and influence decision makers to ensure that our national parks are well protected.
The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, and safeguards America’s natural heritage by inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. NPS’s mission is to conserve the scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife, and to provide for their enjoyment by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations. They achieve this by promoting programs and projects that protect precious landscapes and wilderness, historical sites and places of cultural significance.
The Oregon State Parks Foundation is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon’s state parks. They support their mission by raising funds, building partnerships, and increasing public awareness about recreational and educational opportunities available in Oregon state parks. Their work includes the restoration and preservation of some of Oregon’s most prized historic monuments and places, to the establishment of interpretive and educational programs for the benefit of park visitors, and by promoting healthy activities like hiking, cycling and camping.
The California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With their community of supporters, they deliver innovative solutions for facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. They work to ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of California’s 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come.
The purpose of the Washington State Parks Foundation is to ensure a vibrant Washington State Parks system for generations to enjoy by engaging, expanding, and sustaining a broad base of supporters who give to, advocate for, and treasure Washington’s state parks. As Washington’s only non-profit organization committed to protecting and improving state parks, WSPF helps raise operating revenues, builds a constituency of advocates, supports education and events, and funds exhibits, trail maintenance, facilities improvements and habitat restoration.
Support the Environment
There are several national organizations who work diligently to preserve and protect nature and the environment. All of them rely on grassroots funding, advocates and volunteers.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with more than two million members and supporters. They promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources, and seek to protect the quality of the natural and human environment by leading the charge to move away from fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
The Natural Resources Defense Council employs law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement that work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water and healthy communities. In addition, they combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of scientists, lawyers and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water and the wild. The NRDC partners with businesses, elected leaders and community groups on issues including climate change, food safety, clean energy and healthy oceans.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, with a vision of a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. They achieve this through the dedicated efforts of more than 600 scientists, and with the help of partners, individuals, governments, local nonprofits and corporations. At the heart of their work, they respect the values and traditions of local communities and cultures, and forge relationships based on mutual benefit and trust.
The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations to protect threatened wild habitat and outdoor recreation. This provides a link between the conservation community and the outdoor industry by enabling and inspiring them to work together to protect and restore America’s wild places that are vital to their businesses. Alliance funding has helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands, protect 2,972 miles of rivers, stop or remove 28 dams, and purchase 11 climbing areas.
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. With offices in more than 30 countries, Greenpeace activists work to address the threats of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, and deterioration of oceans. They welcome, value and rely on a diversity of people, cultural experiences and perspectives to create solutions that promote environmental sustainability rooted in social justice.