The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016
Check back here for the latest information on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016. We will post any relevant information about the Act on this page for your use.
Forest Service Information on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act and National Trails Strategy
On March 13th, Joe Meade, Director of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, for the USDA Forest Service released a variety of documents related to the National Trails Strategy and implementation of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. The documents are found below.
National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act Summary - a Forest Service inhouse summary of the Act.
Guidance to Forest Service Regions on implementing Priority Trail Areas and the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Act.
15 Trail Priority Areas have been formed. Click here for Forest Service information about these areas.
First up in implementing the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act is identification of Priority Trail Areas. We expect to hear more on the establishment of Priority Areas in early June. These Priority Areas are intended to be areas of initial activity that will act as demonstration laboratories for implementation of best practices for engaging volunteers and getting needed work done on National Forest System Trails. Talk with your local District Rangers, Forest Supervisors and Regional Foresters to express your interest in identifying Priority Areas for your area.
The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act
H.R. 845 114th Congress passed November 28, 2016
NWSA Webinar on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016
Click here for the Webinar Powerpoint
NWSA Survey on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016
The survey is now closed. Thank you to the over 135 groups and individuals who submitted comments. This information will prove very useful to the Forest Service as it prepares to meet the requirements of the Trails Stewardship Act.
The Forest Service received preliminary result from 30 surveys on February 14th. They were appreciative of the input and asked that we continue to collect feedback through the end of April. The results of this survey will be delivered to the Forest Service periodically this spring.
Click here for Survey results to Date.