Mission & History

OUR MISSION

The mission of Skagit Trail Builders is to design, build and maintain multi-use community trails for all kinds of users. Hikers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and families. Everyone is welcome!

We believe that trails benefit the residents of Skagit County and visitors in many ways. Trails provide a safe place to walk, run, and bike – for fun, recreation, and transportation – while supporting the health of people and our community.

The economic benefits of developing a community trail system are many. They include increased commerce for local businesses, job development, improved property values, as well as providing low-cost health benefits for users. Community trails make neighborhoods friendlier, safer, and more inclusive!

OUR HISTORY

Skagit Trail Builders began as Mount Vernon Trail Builders in the mid 2000s, building multi-use trails at Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, WA. Early members included Jim “JT” Taylor, Jerry Granahan, and Art Tuftee.

In our seven years at Little Mountain Park (back then it was called Mount Vernon Trail Builders, now the group is known as Mount Vernon Trail Corps), we enjoyed amazing community support and amassed over 14,000 volunteer hours; building and maintaining seven miles of high quality and sustainable multi-use trails.

After completing work for the City of Mount Vernon in 2016, our core members reformed as Skagit Trail Builders with the goal of building community trails in our county parks. STB’s relationship with Skagit County became official in 2018 and work at Northern State Recreation Area began in early 2019.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Currently, JT serves as Executive Director, Jerry is our Crew Leader and Logistics Coordinator, and Art is our Contractor of Record with the county (he also volunteers a great deal of his time and skill).

Our core volunteer team includes individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences: students, teachers, engineers, marketing, logging, finance, retail, public service, kids, moms, dads, grandparents…..well, you get the idea! Each person brings unique perspective and skills to the project and their work is greatly appreciated.

Executive Director JT (in the straw hat) and a few friends officially opened up the new Pump House Bridge to foot traffic on June 25, 2022.
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