JAN. 31, 2008 - NEW ENGLAND SCENIC TRAIL WILL PRESERVE LOCAL TRAILS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the New England National Scenic Trail Designation Act, H.R. 1528, by a vote of 261-122. This legislation will designate a 220- mile long National Scenic Trail through Massachusetts and Connecticut, allowing the existing Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett regional trail system to be supported, maintained and protected at the highest possible level.

"This National Scenic Trail designation will provide for increased cooperation between communities, citizens and the Department of Interior to conserve these special trails throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. By raising the profile of and support for this treasure, we can ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy the inspiring scenery of New England," said Rep. Markey.

The Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail system, which will make up the bulk of the New England National Scenic Trail, winds through 39 communities in Massachusetts and has been in existence for more than fifty years. Currently, more than two million people live within ten miles of the Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail system. The new designation will not only allow millions of people to have access to the trail system but also ensure that it will be properly preserved from the threats and pressures of development and encroachment.

H.R. 1528 requires that the Secretary of the Interior administer the trail consistent with the recommendations of the National Scenic Trail Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment that was conducted by the Department of the Interior. The legislation also ensures that no land can be incorporated into the trail system without the consent of the landowner.


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January 31, 2008

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