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.
This comprehensive administrative strategy presents several options for how administration can be implemented along the entire trail. These approaches to administration provide for general preservation, protection, and public access and meet the goals of the National Trails System Act. Administration activities will focus on providing an outdoor recreation experience that promotes the preservation of the public’s access to, travel within, and enjoyment and appreciation of the Old Spanish Trail’s historic resources. This includes its cultural landscapes, and efforts to maintain and enhance the “historic significance,” “historic remnants,” “scenic quality,” and “freedom from intrusion.” This also encompasses opportunities to vicariously share the experience of the original users of [the] historic route[s], while also developing trail experiences that will benefit both traditional and modern communities.
Published December 01, 2017
On October 22, 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System.
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 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.