With no new National Recreation Trails (NRTs) designated in 2019, and the deadline for 2020 National Trails Day fast approaching, we are encouraging Secretary Bernhardt to uphold this tradition of honoring and celebrating our nation's trails and designating new NRTs. Please read and share our open letter.
Dear Secretary Bernhardt,
On behalf of American Trails and the trail organizations listed below, we respectfully ask that your office approve the backlog of National Recreation Trails (NRT) designations awaiting your review, so that American Trails can faithfully execute our agreed upon role in coordinating this program.
American Trails is the organizing NGO of the National Recreation Trails Program (NRT). Of the three arms of the National Trails System Act (NRT, National Scenic Trails, and National Historic Trails), only the NRT annually adds new trails, thus offering a unique vibrancy of experience to our national trails system. The National Trails Act is an important legacy for our country and our culture, and the NRT program in particular highlights trails that are accessible, relatable, and current to a nation that needs the “re-creation” provided by trails.
Now more than ever, we as a nation need the sense of community and togetherness created by trails. Furthermore, the nearly 1,300 National Recreation Trails in existence make up an important legacy for all past Secretaries of the Interior since the first designation in 1969, and we are excited for you to put your stamp on this program by designating the trails you want to hold up as exemplary places for outdoor recreation.
Our combined organizations work closely with the Department of the Interior to provide nominations for NRT designation and help to promote and provide for the program as a whole. Our goal is always to provide timely responses to inquiries to all applications. However, the 2019 and 2020 nominations have been held up by your office.
The deadline for the planned National Trails Day announcement of the new slate of NRTs is fast approaching. We would love to work with you to successfully wrap up the process for the 2019 and 2020 applications. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.
Michael J Passo
Executive Director, American Trails
If you would like to sign on to this open letter please contact [email protected]
Published May 21, 2020
This Comprehensive Management and Use Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails is shaped, in part, by the planning requirements found in section 5(f) of the National Trails System Act. It focuses on the trails’ purpose and significance, issues and concerns related to current conditions along the trails, resource protection, visitor experience and use, and long-term administrative and management objectives. Elements of the proposed plan have been developed in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as nonprofit trails organizations — the entities that form the core of any partnership for national historic trails.
The strategy described here provides guidance for the administration of the entire trail and a vision to be fulfilled through future, specific resources studies, and site and segment management plans. Much of the basis for the “Comprehensive Administrative Strategy” was developed during the earlier comprehensive management plan efforts.
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Landscape Conservation System Office is pleased to provide you with the National Scenic and Historic Trails (NSHT) Strategy and Work Plan. The purpose of this national-level strategy is to provide a 10-year framework for the development of program guidance and direction for improved management of the BLM’s NSHT Program.
This manual provides the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and program guidance on administering congressionally designated National Trails as assigned by the Department of the Interior within the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) and this manual describes the BLM’s roles, responsibilities, agency interrelationships, and policy requirements for National Trail Administrators