The PATC Trails Program — Effective Organization, not Bureaucracy
PATC maintains over 1,000 miles of public hiking trails — We are organized to accomplish our commitment to maintain those trails.
One elected officer—the Supervisor of Trails – is responsible to the Club membership (nearly 6,500 souls) and to over 40 federal, state, and local government agencies for the successful maintenance of all of those miles of trails. That means a lot of meetings and phone calls and meetings and phone calls and, on occasion, e-mail. All of this, and done by a volunteer! Well, successive Supervisors have organized the trails volunteers into districts.
Additionally, the Supervisor of Trails encourages the establishment of, and supports, volunteer trail crews who accomplish work beyond the ability of overseers; most crews work within specific districts. Three crews are set up to work on projects in any trails district established by the Supervisor of Trails.
The list of current PATC trail crews include the:
The trails districts currently include:
That’s quite an organization to maintain! It includes a district manager in each of the districts and, in total, several hundred volunteer overseers as well as those who work with the various district and Club-level trail crews and PATC chapters: