Mission & History

OUR MISSION

The mission of Skagit Trail Builders is to design, build, and advocate for multi-use trails in Skagit County Parks. We build trails for all kinds of users – hikers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, and families. Everyone is welcome!

We believe that trails benefit visitors and residents of Skagit County. Trails provide a safe place to walk, run, and bike; supporting the health of people and our community.

Trails create a destination for visitors. This increases commerce for local businesses, encourages job development, improves property values, as well as providing low-cost health benefits for users.

OUR HISTORY

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

While working 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. Our new mission – to build community trails in Skagit County Parks.

STB’s relationship with Skagit County became official in 2018. We formed a fiscal partnership with United General Foundation of District 304, allowing us to operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This partnership also frees us from the burden of active fundraising, so we can focus our attention on our community volunteers and building great trails.

Trail work at Northern State Recreation Area began in early 2019.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

We are 100% operated by volunteers. Our leadership team plans, organizes, recruits volunteers, and manages bi-monthly trail work parties.

Our work party volunteers are individuals who live and work in the community. They come from diverse backgrounds and experiences: students, teachers, engineers, marketing, logging, finance, retail, public service, kids, moms, dads, grandparents…..well, you get the idea! Each volunteer brings unique perspective and skills to the project and everyone’s work is greatly appreciated.

Our work parties are family-friendly and fun. We have work for all ages, sizes, abilities, an skills. Check our schedule, then sign up for the next work party.

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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