ABOUT US - Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition

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The purpose of the Palouse to Cascades Coalition is the preservation, improvement, maintenance, and promotion of the Palouse to Cascades Trail. More specifically, our job is to demonstrate the grass roots support for the Palouse to Cascades Trail by raising money and offering volunteer support for the completion and maintenance of the trail.

The Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition (previously the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization) was formed in January, 2016 with the goal of representing a broad statewide and national interest in the trail. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)3 organization registered as a tax exempt charitable organization with the IRS. The PTCT Coalition is a member of Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Board meetings are held online the first Thursday of every odd month.

Our board members all have extensive experience riding the PTCT and are dedicated to the improvement and development of the trail. We are always looking for others interested in joining our team as well. Board positions are up for election every two years, but new members may be nominated and elected by the Board at any time. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or joining our team.

Our team:

Chairman - Robert Yates
Vice Chair - Jim O'Hare
Treasurer - Fred Wert
Secretary - Marilyn Hedges,
Nominating Committee, Website

Board Members:
Mark Borleske - Trail Users Committee, Rail Historian
Jerry Lloyd - Finance Committee, Stakeholders
Nan Konishi - Palouse area
Tom Short - Trail improvements

Ex Officio Board Members:
Tom Short

Advisory Positions
Jessica Williams - Social Media
Sally Garratt
Joan Burlingame
Morgane Plager Roth
Seth Mills

For more information, contact:

Working on trail promotion and education

Tom Short loads lumber into his pickup to build informational kiosks for the trail in eastern WA

Robert Yates and Marilyn Hedges at the State Capitol
advocating for trail funding

Jerry Lloyd, Mark Borleske, and Robert Yates on the trail

Mark Borleske, our rail historian. Mark knows the Milwaukee Road history of the trail mile by mile. His nomination of the Beverly Bridge as one of Washington's Most Endangered Structures was accepted by the WA Trust for Historic Preservation in 2017.

Jerry Lloyd, Jim O'Hare, Robert Yates at Back Country Horsemen meeting to answer questions about the trail.

Fred Wert is the author or "Washington's Rail Trails" and has an extensive background in advocacy for Washington trails. He first rode the entire PTCT in 1998.

Nan Konishi is a business owner and past Mayor of Rosalia, with an interest in promoting the trail to benefit the small towns in the Palouse.
Palouse to Cascades Trail Coalition
P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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