ABOUT US - Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

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The purpose of the Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization is to the preservation, improvement, maintenance, and promotion of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. More specifically, our job is to demonstrate the grass roots support for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail by raising money and offering volunteer support for the completion and maintenance of the trail.

The Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail was formed in January, 2016 with the goal of representing a broad statewide and national interest in the JWPT. We are a nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)3 organization registered as a tax exempt charitable organization with the IRS. The FJWPTO 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 JWPT and are dedicated to improving the trail as one of Washington's recreational gems. 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.

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

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:

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,
at a Board meeting at the Iron Horse Inn B&B. Mark knows the Milwaukee Road history of the trail mile by mile.

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

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 JWPT in 1998.

Tom Short has a long history of working on volunteer projects
for the JWPT

Jessica Williams, expert in social media and web based communication

Friends of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail Organization, P.O. Box 3011, Winthrop WA 98862
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