Jim Schmid’s Trail Quote of the Day #387 – Nov 3, 2016

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A BILL TO AMEND THE FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1944 TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NATIONAL SYSTEM OF FOOT AND HORSE TRAILS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 9 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944, approved December 20, 1944 (58 Stat. 838), is amended by inserting at the end thereof a new subsection to read as follows:

“(d) For the construction and maintenance within the continental United States of a national system of foot or horse trails, not to exceed ten thousand miles in total length, to be devoted solely for foot or horse travel and camping, which activities will develop the physical fitness and self-reliance of, and an appreciation of nature in, the people of this Nation, and serve as a part of the basic training of our youth for service in the armed forces, there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $50,000 for the first fiscal year for which appropriations are made hereafter for purposes of this subsection, a like amount for each of the second and third years thereafter, and such sums as may be necessary for each fiscal year thereafter. The Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture is authorized and directed to construct, develop, and maintain said national system of trails, cooperating with other Federal agencies and with States and political subdivisions thereof in areas where trails of such system cross property under the jurisdiction of such other federal agencies or owned by States and political subdivisions thereof: Provided, That where trails of such system cross lands under the administrative jurisdiction of another Federal agency, or where they cross lands owned by a State or political subdivisions thereof, the Forest Service may perform the functions authorized herein with respect to such lands only with the approval of such other agency. All trails of such system shall be constructed, developed, and maintained in a manner which will preserve as far as possible the wilderness, historic, or scientific values of the areas traversed by the trails of such system. The Forest Service is authorized to acquire such lands and easements as may be necessary for such system and to provide shelters, signs, maps, guidebooks, and other attendant facilities. The Appalachian Trail, a mountain footpath extending from Maine to Georgia for two thousand and fifty miles, and the Pacific Crest Trail, extending from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon, and California, shall be included as trails of the said national system of trails.”

—THE “HOCH BILL” H.R. 5479, 80th Congress, 2d session (As re-introduced in the House of Representatives on February 19, 1948)


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