Groups Urge Congress to Help Maintain Trails

Organizations encouraged Congress to pass the bipartisan National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act.

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Eleven national recreation and local government organizations are urging Congress to pass the National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act, a bipartisan bill to improve public access to America’s national forests.

The legislation was introduced April 28, in the United States Senate by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and is identical to a House version introduced earlier this year by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN).

In a letter to Congress released today, the 11 organizations—which include the American Horse Council and Back Country Horsemen of America, among others—state, “Failing to address the trail maintenance crisis will result in diminished public access to the great outdoors, increased potential for harm to natural resources, and greater future maintenance costs.”

The National Forest Trails System Stewardship Act would keep more trails open and accessible by expanding the use of volunteer and partner organizations and providing increased focus on a handful of priority areas around the country

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