U.S. Department of the Interior Annual Designation Process

For trails on private, city, county, or state land, or on Federal land NOT overseen by the Department of Agriculture

 

Deadline for submittal of current year's online NRT applications is November 1.

Online Application Process

The Secretary of the Interior is the designating official for NRT's on all other Federal Lands and on State, local, and private lands, and has delegated responsibility to the National Park Service for the overall administration of the NRT program under that department's jurisdiction.


Nominations for NRT designation for the Department of the Interior are done online through the NRT Database.

See a checklist of the information and documents required. Supporting materials, such as maps, brochures, photos, and letter of support must be in electronic format and are uploaded as part of the online submission process.

Getting Help

  • The Washington, DC contact is the Department of the Interior's NRT Coordinator at National Park Service: (202) 354-6910 or email: helen_scully@nps.gov
  • For technical assistance with the online application, NRT website, and NRT database contact Michael Bullington: mike@americantrails.org

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Timeline

November 1: Deadline for submittal of current year's online NRT applications.

  • NRT Program Coordinator checks new applications
  • Sends e-mail confirming receipt of applications
  • Contacts applicants for missing items, questions, or clarifications.

November 15: Applications proceed to field review.

  • Regional NRT contact or Federal agency NRT Manager reviews application
  • Makes follow-up contact with applicant to request additional information and/or site visit if necessary

December 31: Regional NRT Manager or Federal agency NRT Manager provides recommendation to DOI NRT Program Coordinator.

February 1: DOI NRT Program Coordinator forwards the recommended trails for approval by the Secretary of the Interior.

End of May / Early June: New NRT designations announced before National Trails Day

  • Department of the Interior sends news release officially announcing new NRT designations
  • Local announcements and designation events
  • Newly designated trails are added to the online searchable database of NRTs
  • Certificate, Secretarial letter, and trail markers mailed to each newly designated NRT

The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is a 22.6-mile (36.4 km) long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s.

The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) is a 22.6-mile (36.4 km) long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s.