[Trails] promise the best opportunity yet devised for bringing people into intimate contact with nature and the unspoiled out-of-doors in both wilderness and also in the relatively developed settings… Trails are the most important, the most economical, and the easiest means of providing desirable human access to areas of historic significance, our publicly owned wilderness lands, and areas of scenic beauty.
—STEWART W. BRANDBORG, Executive Director, The Wilderness Society, GPO, 1967, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation… on H.R. 4865 and Related Bills to Establish a Nationwide System of Trails, held March 6-7, 1967
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