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Shaping of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

Volunteers and partners are increasingly being called upon to assist the Forest Service in an era of budget constraints and trail maintenance backlog.

Presenters: Randy Rasmussen, Advisor for Public Lands and Recreation, Back Country Horsemen of America; Paul Sandford, National Director, The Wilderness Society

Volunteers and partners are increasingly being called upon to assist the Forest Service in an era of budget constraints and trail maintenance backlog. According to a 2013 GAO report, the Forest Service faces a maintenance and facility shortfall of over $500 million. The 2014 National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act is a key feature of proposed legislative and administrative solutions being promoted.

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