Published Feb 19, 2015
Michigan Senator Gary Peters is a politician and he's here to help us! Honest. He is officially backing a plan to extend the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST).
The NCNST is already is the nation's longest hiking trail, running 4,600 miles through seven states. Michigan is home to the longest segment of the trail, with more than 1,150 miles of the trail passing through the state.
On February 11, 2015, Senator Peters officially announced that he is co-sponsoring the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act. Amongst other things, the bill would extend the NCNST into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian Trail.
What's the thinking behind an even longer NCNST? According to Senator Peters' press release:
"Thousands of people come to the North Country Trail each year to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan and our Great Lakes. Completing the Michigan portions of the North Country Trail will help provide new opportunities for conservation and outdoor recreation, increasing tourism to our state and the Great Lakes, and supporting local communities and businesses."
The legislation will complete portions of the NCNST's route along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and designate those areas as a federally protected scenic trail. The bill will also revise portions of the trail's route in Minnesota to study and protect wetlands.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, and Conservation
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