4-Trails Feasibility Study - The Oregon Trail Study Routes
The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a feasibility study to evaluate some 64 routes for possible addition to the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. This study was authorized by Congress — in response to years of sustained public interest — under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
The 10 Oregon Trail study routes listed in the Act are:
• Naches Pass Trail in Washington
Also listed in the act are seven routes that are already designated segments of the California National Historic Trail. This study will determine whether they should be designated as Oregon National Historic Trail as well. They are:
• St. Joe Road in Missouri and Kansas
Please visit the website dedicated to this project at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=31277
There you can find scoping meetings dates and locations, add your name on the project contact list, review scoping reports and other documents, enter comments, and generally follow the progress of the study.
The map below shows the general location of trail routes. Please click on the map to enlarge.
Did You Know?
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