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Several federal land management agencies provide the setting for a wide variety of trails and outdoor recreation activities. Key legislation and federal regulations guide programs that affect trails. Also see News & Alerts for current agency and federal legislation issues, Federal Funding for grants and budgets, and Federal Land Management.


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Understanding Congress and the legislative process:

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related groups, presents its Achievement Awards in Washington each year.


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Betty's Kitchen
National Recreation Trail
managed by BLM in Arizona



The National Trails System Act provides for designation of national scenic, historic, and recreation trails:


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Bicycle/pedestrian and trails programs:


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