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Arrowhead Re-route Legislation Update!

On May 22nd, Rep. Rick Nolan (D, MN’s 8th District) and Rep. Pete Welch (D, VT-at large) introduced H.R. 4736 in the U.S. House.  The short title of this bill is the “North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act.”  Read their joint press release or watch a WDIO news story on the bill.

On July 10th, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced an identical bill (S. 2595) in the U.S. Senate.

Below is the full text of the House legislation…

113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4736

To revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes.

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IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2014

Mr. Nolan (for himself, Mr. Welch, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Walz, Mr. Petri, Mr. Ellison, Ms. McCollum, and Mr. Paulsen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

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A BILL

To revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act”.

SEC. 2. ROUTE ADJUSTMENT.

Section 5(a)(8) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(8)) is amended in the first sentence–
(1) by striking “thirty two hundred miles, extending from eastern New York State” and inserting “4,600 miles, extending from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont”; and

(2) by striking “Proposed North Country Trail” and all that follows through “June 1975.” and inserting “`North Country National Scenic Trail, Authorized Route’ dated February 2014, and numbered 649/116870.”.

Here’s a link to the map (649/116870) that is referenced.

The NCTA is aiming to obtain mass support of our seven state’s Congressional delegation and that of Vermont for this legislation. See instructions below for how you can help.

How can you help?

1. Check this site often and/or visit and “Like” our Arrowhead Re-route Facebook page for the latest updates.

2. Help us spread the word by sharing this issue with your friends and family!
I support the Arrowhead Re-routegraphic by Todd McMahon

Tell your friends and family about this issue and encourage them to make contacts to help out the North Country Trail Association! Share this page with your friends via Facebook using the image above.  Here’s how…1) Click on the image, 2) Right click and then choose ‘Save image as,’ 3) Save it on your computer, 4) Upload the photo onto your Facebook page with this message “I support the North Country Trail’s Arrowhead Re-route!  Please visit http://northcountrytrail.org/get-involved/advocacy/arrowhead-re-route/and help out the nation’s longest hiking trail!”

3. Take action!

  • Please contact your U.S. Representative and ask that he/she co-sponsor H.R. 4736.  If he/she is already a co-sponsor, please thank him/her for his/her support.
  • Please contact your U.S. Senators and ask that they co-sponsor S. 2595!  If they are already co-sponsors, please thank them for their support.

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To obtain more information or answers to any specific questions you may have about this issue, contact Matthew Davis at (701) 388-1883 /davis “at” northcountrytrail.org.