Action Alert: Support the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act

Kentucky Horse News

From the American Horse Council – A June 2013 study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has a deferred trail maintenance backlog that exceeds $500,000,000, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meet the agency’s standard for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on National Forests.

The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (S.1110) would direct the Forest Service to take several key actions to help address the trail maintenance backlog. These actions include development of a national strategy to expand the use of volunteers and partners in National Forest trail maintenance and creation of a priority trail maintenance program to identify and direct resources to areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance.

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