For trails on National Forests, National Grasslands, and National Recreation Areas and associated land
Regional Foresters of the Forest Service have been delegated authority to designate NRTs on lands administered by the Department of Agriculture including National Forests, National Grasslands, and National Recreation Areas.
The application process is outlined in the Forest Service Handbook section 2353.33a. The recommended format based on this guidance with detailed direction can be found here.
Proposals managed by the Forest Service can be submitted to the local unit at any time throughout the year. However, designation must be approved prior to February 1 to be included in press releases and National Trails Day announcements.
Contact Washington Office National Trail Program Manager, Brenda Yankoviak, at [email protected].