Pacific Crest trail volunteers to meet Jan. 25 in Vancouver

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The annual meeting local chapter of the Pacific Crest Trail Association will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle.

Three speakers will discuss the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the future for wilderness areas in southern Washington and northern Oregon.

Speakers include Garth Smelser, deputy supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Fred Way, trails and dispersed recreation manager for the Pacific Northwest region of the Forest Service, and Claire Lavendal, director of recreation, lands and minerals for the Pacific Northwest region. Lavendal is former Gifford Pinchot forest supervisor.

The Mount Hood chapter of the PCTA volunteers to maintain the trail from Breitenbush Lake in Oregon to Mount Adams in Washington.