The Foundation’s mission is grounded in four pillars for the JMT’s future:
✱ Repairing and conserving degraded wilderness, habitat, watershed and riparian terrain to restore the natural processes for the JMT region’s ecological health (a costly and complex job);
✱ Supporting and improving backcountry patrols and regional management of sharply-increasing visitor use, incorporating satellite-based device technologies and a consistent IT platform for cross-regional efficiencies;
✱ Providing master plans for improved visitor logistics at major trailheads, including the transition of public facilities to those suitable for high-elevation terrain;
✱ Providing public education on three fronts: teaching all visitors the “best practices” for traveling through wilderness; curating the 5,000-year history of indigenous cultures across the region; and restoring the storied past of the JMT as America’s first and oldest recreational hiking trail.