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U.S. Forest Service Trail Maintenance Backlog

BCHA’s greatest strength is our service. We donate over $10 million dollars’ worth of volunteer labor all over the country, every single year, to keep trails open for everyone. The following documents speak to the tremendous backlog of maintenance needed on our national forest trails and solutions that BCHA and The Wilderness Society (TWS) are promoting to ensure the Nation’s trails are sustainable and enjoyable for current and future generations.

H.R. 845, National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act – As introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) – February 2015.

List of Supporting Organizations and Congressional Co-Sponsors: H.R. 845, National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act – March 2015 2015.

BCHA-TWS Trails Press Release March 2014 – Joint Press Release with The Wilderness Society urging Congress to help the Forest Service expand their trail-based volunteer programs nationwide.

BCHA-TWS Legislative Concepts Sign-on Letter March 2014 – Joint letter with over 50 trails- and recreation-oriented organizations asking Congress to consider our recommendations for improving and safeguarding forest trails.

BCHA-TWS Administrative Concepts Sign-on Letter March 2014 – Joint letter with over 50 trails- and recreation-oriented organizations asking the Forest Service Chief to consider our recommendations to comprehensively address the trail maintenance backlog.

Forest Service Statement of Action: GAO Trails Report December 2013 – The Secretary of Agriculture’s response to Congress regarding how the Forest Service expects to address recommendations made in the June 2013 GAO report

BCHA-TWS GAO Trails Report Press Release June 2013 – Joint press release stating that 21st century trail investments should match the growing value provided by outdoor recreation.

TWS Summary of Key Issues in GAO Report June 2013 – This is a bullet point summary of key issues from the June 2013 GAO report.

GAO Trails Report – 1 page Summary – Summary of the June 2013 revised GAO report: “Long and Short Term Improvements Could Reduce Maintenance Backlog and Enhance System Sustainability”.

Congressional Request for GAO Trails Review February 2012 – Official request from Congressional appropriators to the Government Accountability Office to update its 1989 report on the status of Forest Service trails.

BCHA-TWS Letter to Congress November 2011 – Joint letter to members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting they seek a GAO update of its 1989 report on the status of Forest Service trails.