Establishing the North Country National Scenic Trail had to be done in the U.S. Congress. Many, many people advocated that the Trail was important enough to be authorized under the National Trails System Act of 1968 – so Congress did just that in 1980. But we’re not done yet.
Each year, Congress reviews funding and appropriations bills that benefit the Trail. Other legislation, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, is also important to the NCNST, our other trails partners and the entire conservation community. It is vital that the NCTA has a presence in Washington D.C. to advocate on these and other issues of concern.
Advocacy is the art of informing policy makers (e.g. legislators, agency administrators) about issues and persuading them to act in your interests. The NCTA’s Advocacy Committee is composed of volunteers who communicate and build relationships with policy makers and their staffs about the importance of NCTA and the Trail’s value to America and its citizens, in an effort to positively influence legislation and management to benefit the NCNST and trail users.
There is a volunteer state advocacy chair in each NCT state. The Advocacy Committee then coordinates efforts to contact Congress and state governments as needed. We have learned over the years that if even a few members of our community contact their elected officials, it can make a huge difference. Contact the NCTA today to learn how you can get involved!