National Historic Trails Additions to be Considered
Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails Feasibility Study Update and Revision/Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments concerning 64 historic routes that are being evaluated for possible addition to the existing Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails. This NPS study and environmental assessment, which is in its initial information-gathering phase, will address trail study segments in more than a dozen states from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. If included, the routes would add thousands of additional miles to these existing national historic trails.
Public meetings (please refer to schedule below) to gather information, comments, and concerns will be held in communities along the existing national historic trail routes. The NPS invites everyone with an interest in the trails and their history to attend one or more of the public meetings.
In addition to offering comments in person at the meetings, interested persons may submit their written comments regarding the study online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FourtrailFS until July 31, 2011. Comments may also be submitted via email or in writing to e-mail us or Gretchen Ward, National Trails Intermountain Region, National Park Service, P.O. Box 728, Santa Fe, NM 87504.
Comments provided by the public during this initial planning phase will be used to develop a full range of alternatives or proposals for analysis and consideration. All comments will be consolidated into a scoping report, which will be posted online for the public to view. The scoping report will be used to document public involvement in the planning process.
The study, which was authorized by Congress, will evaluate the suitability and feasibility of adding the 64 historic routes to the national historic trails under the study provisions of the National Trails System Act of 1968. The study includes an environmental assessment that will identify, evaluate, and document the potential environmental impacts of designating the routes as part of a national historic trail. The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft study/environmental assessment when it becomes available in the fall of 2012. The final study/environmental assessment will be submitted to Congress, which will then decide whether to add some, all, or none of the routes to the national historic trails.
The Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails commemorate the westward movement of emigrants and others across the nation during a time of expansion and increased western settlement. If the routes are designated, the Secretary of the Interior would continue to work in cooperation with Indian tribes and other federal, state, and local agencies, private organizations, landowners, and others to tell the trails’ stories and provide opportunities for people to visit important sites along the routes. Land ownership and private property rights would not be affected by designation and addition of these routes.
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Public meetings will be held at the following locations:
April 18 – Denver, Colorado
April 19 – Casper, Wyoming
May 9 – Tahlequah, Oklahoma
May 10 – McPherson, Kansas
May 11 – Topeka, Kansas
May 11 – Independence, Missouri
May 12 – Lincoln, Nebraska
May 13 – Des Moines, Iowa
May 31 – Salt Lake City, Utah
May 31 – Rock Springs, Wyoming
June 1 – Boise, Idaho
June 2 – Walla Walla, Washington
June 3 – Vancouver, Washington
June 4 – The Dalles, Oregon
June 14 – Carson City, Nevada
June 15 – Sacramento. California
Did You Know?
The Pioneer Company of the Mormon immigration to Utah stopped at this point in 1847 to climb it in hopes of locating the famous guiding landmark "Chimney Rock." They named the point "Frogs Head Bluff" because they thought the rock looked much like a giant frog's face.