Nationwide System of Trails

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, 60th Anniversary

The Honorable Gaylord Nelson, U.S. Senator from the State of Wisconsin read a statement of support at the hearing.

I am pleased to testify in behalf of S. 827, a bill to establish a nationwide system of trails. This legislation will be a benchmark in the history of wise outdoor recreational development in this nation.

Unlike conventional park projects which are dependent upon exceptional geographic features, trails can bring a quality recreation experience into every city in America, quickly and at rock bottom cost. They could provide a high quality, low cost supplement to our system of natural recreational resources.

Trails can bring our increasingly urbanized citizens out into the world of nature where they can obtain the exercise which is vital to their individual health and to our strength as a nation. I see no reason why we cannot have a hiking trail within one hour of every American who needs one.” ~ Gaylord Nelson

To view his statement in its entirety, go here [download PDF]