PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Sacramento, CA   |  http://www.pcta.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director and CEO

Ms. Liz Bergeron

Main address

2150 River Plaza Drive Suite 155

Sacramento, CA 95833 USA

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EIN

33-0051202

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Pacific Crest Trail is a spectacular national scenic trail that stretches 2,650 miles along the mountains of the Western U.S. from Mexico to Canada. Every year, the trail is enjoyed by countless people from both the U.S. and abroad for its magnificent vistas, its rugged wilderness qualities, and for its mental and physical health benefits. But there are many forces—both natural and human-caused—that negatively impact the trail, such as trail damage from fallen trees and wildfires; overuse of campsites; and development that threatens the trail's wild experience. The PCTA exists to mitigate these forces. We organize volunteers to repair and maintain the PCT, advocate for trail funding through state and federal government, and permanently protect land along the trail.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protect

In 2019, the PCTA partnered with land trusts and federal agencies to purchase land from private owners that included or was adjacent to the PCT. In addition, PCTA advocated for Land and Water Conservation Fund support for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. PCTA’s advocacy work in 2019 made possible the following acquisitions benefiting the PCT: In the Northern California, the US Forest Service acquired 10,300 acres from the Michigan-California Timber Company in Siskiyou and Trinity Counties, protecting 17 miles of the PCT and 10 alpine lakes.

PCTA also monitored or responded to ongoing threats or land management projects along the trail, including the following: Trailwide - timber harvesting, fuels reduction, reforestation, invasive plant eradication, watershed, meadow and fire restoration, illegal use, grazing, ski resort expansion, commercial competitive events, housing developments, illegal motorized use, public land transfers, impacts from increased use; California - wind development, solar installation, energy transmission lines, California High Speed Train, Highway 138 expansion, Yellow Creek bridge expansion, State Route 89 realignment at Burney Falls State Park, forest planning, travel management and over-snow vehicle planning; Oregon - Pacific Connector Natural Gas Pipeline; pedestrian walkway advocacy for the Bridge of the Gods. Washington - Grizzly Bear restoration.

Our 2019 protection activities also included an annual trip to Washington, D.C. in February to advocate for federal trail management, operations and land acquisition funding for the PCT. Volunteers, including youth, and PCTA staff members attended this "Hike the Hill" event, visiting with federal agency leaders and Congressional representatives and their staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In 2019, 2,038 volunteer citizen stewards and corps crew members performed the hard, physical labor of annual maintenance and restoration of the PCT.

PCTA volunteers contributed 106,512 service hours in 2019, an in-kind value of $2.7 million. These hours included the completion of 1,605 miles of trail maintenance, 31miles of trail reconstruction, and 47 volunteer training events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through our print and electronic publications and personal outreach, we promote the PCT, promote safe responsible use of the trail by educating trail users in "Leave No Trace" principles, marshal volunteers to maintain the trail and keep our members and elected leaders informed of programs and issues facing the trail.

In 2019, promotional activities included: publishing four issues (56,000 copies) of the "Pacific Crest Trail Communicator" magazine, and distributing it to members, partners and elected officials; publishing an annual calendar; publishing twelve regular issues of Trail Dirt, the PCTA’s electronic newsletter. The PCTA also responded to 7,724 inquiries from trail users and the general public; issued 7,888 wilderness permits; and monitored 1,842,111 website visits, 163,332 Facebook likes and 96,000 Instagram followers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2016

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2017

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2018

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2019

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliacne 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2016

Combined Federal Campaign 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The PCTA's primary long-term goal is the permanent protection and stewardship of every mile of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.

Pacific Crest Trail Association accomplishes our goals through a wide range of programs and initiatives, including recruiting and training trail volunteers; trail maintenance, reconstruction, and relocation; protecting land along the trail; collaborating with state and federal agencies to manage visitor use of the trail; advocacy for the trail with legislators and decision makers; growing our membership base to broaden support for the trail; and seeking public and private support to fund our work on behalf of the trail.

The PCTA has over a half-century of experience and success as the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Pacific Crest Trail. We have close and long-standing partnerships with federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. Our full-time staff includes experts in trail management, long-distance hiking, nonprofit fundraising, marketing and communications, and volunteer training and support. To manage a national scenic trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada, we have regional representatives in California, Oregon, and Washington, each of whom is aware of the unique challenges of every section of the trail.

Use and enjoyment of the Pacific Crest Trail has steadily increased for many years. Today, record numbers of hikers and equestrians are on the trail, and the PCTA has kept pace with not only increased use of the trail but the natural events that impact the trail every year—such as erosion, flooding, fallen trees, rockslides and wildfire damage. As trail use continues to grow, so must our work in support of the trail. Land protection along the trail is also a priority, and in just two years of this new program we have permanently protected more than 2,000 acres. But 10% of the trail remains privately owned, so we continue to move toward the goal of protecting every mile of the PCT.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The primary beneficiaries of our mission are trail users; people who hike and horseback ride the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rick Thalhammer

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Kevin Bacon

Adjunct Professor, McGeorge School of Law

Term: 2020 - 2023

Chip Herzig

Retired, U.S. Navy

Don Ralphs

Retired, Attorney

Tom Reveley

Merrill Lynch

Rick Thalhammer

Retired, Attorney

Ken Schwarz

Retired, Dentist

Gabe Gundling

Napa Valley Balloons

Vicki Kellerman

Retired, Federal Outdoor Recreation & Land Management

Kevin Bacon

McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer Albinson

McKinsey and Company

Dianne Daley Laursen

Retired Forester

Elizabeth Dorsi

Attorney

John Remmers

Consumer Goods and Building Products

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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