El Camino Real National Scenic Trail Study

Take a read through this 1977 hand-typed study!

This study has been prepared and trail recommendations made to meet the requirements of Public Law 90-543. The 1969 El Camino Real Feasibility Study concluded that sufficient documentation of historic, scenic, natural, and cultural significance did exist to warrant further study. This study will present recommendations based on an evaluation of the field study findings.

by U.S. Department of the Interior

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The findings and recommendations of this report are based upon an analysis of pertinent historic maps and documents and coordination with a variety of agencies and individuals knowledgeable of the history of the periods in which the trail route originated and was used. Field investigations of the trail's scenic and natural attributes were evaluated and the pertinence of the cultural qualities was studied.

Defined in this report are the "nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the areas through which the trail may pass." Project findings and recommendations are based on an evaluation of land use and ownership, costs, anticipated visitor use, and the trail compliance with the criteria for determining "national significance" established by Public Law 90-543.

Published July 01, 1977

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.

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