The Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) is hosting a series of community meetings to hear from stakeholders about their vision for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). The meetings, which are open to everyone in the community, will provide an opportunity to envision how the trail can help improve business, tourism, and health.
The meetings will take place at the following times and locations: August 9 at 7 p.m. at the Community Connections Center in Northport; August 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Metaline Falls; and August 11 at 7 p.m. the TEDD Business Center in Republic.
The PNT was designated as a National Scenic Trail in 2009, making it one of America’s newest long-distance trails. Various stakeholders across the entire length of the trail, which runs from Glacier National Park in Montana to the Pacific Ocean, are currently participating in a strategic planning process that will last through 2017. TEDD’s community meetings will provide the opportunity for those in the tri-county area interested in tourism and recreation to share their thoughts on how the trail can benefit their community. The outcome of the meetings will be used to inform TEDD’s future work around economic development in PNT trail towns, as well as broader planning by land management and trail development organizations.
As TEDD Trail Asset Development Intern Courtney Pal explains, this is an important time to consider the future of the trail in local communities. Pal remarks that, “The PNT is unique among National Scenic Trails because it is new and gaining in popularity every year. We’re in a pivotal window in which communities can provide input in the long-term planning process to ensure that the trail is rooted in local culture and future economic plans.”
Questions about the meetings should be directed to Courtney Pal at the TEDD office, 509-684-4571 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Submitted by TEDD