KTVH: Bill to Improve National Forest Trails Clears Congress

Montana Senator Steve Daines’ recent legislation aimed at improving maintenance of U.S. National Forest trails is on its way to the President’s desk.

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would ensure existing Forest Service resources are better used to maintain National Forest trails. It would also significantly increase the role of volunteers and local partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest trail system.

“Too many of our National Forest trails are left unmaintained, making it difficult for Montanans to enjoy our state’s treasured lands,” Daines stated. “This bill will make incremental progress in protecting and maintain our nation’s trail system so Montanans can continue to enjoy and appreciate our public lands for generations to come.”

This legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives with Congressman Ryan Zinke’s support in September. It now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature.