[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 15 (Tuesday, January 23, 2001)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 7391-7393]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-2141]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 66, No. 15 / Tuesday, January 23, 2001 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Executive Order 13195 of January 18, 2001

Trails for America in the 21st Century

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and the laws of the United States of 
                America, and in furtherance of purposes of the National 
                Trails System Act of 1968, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1241-
                1251), the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
                Century (Public Law 105-178), and other pertinent 
                statutes, and to achieve the common goal of better 
                establishing and operating America's national system of 
                trails, it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Federal Agency Duties. Federal agencies 
                will, to the extent permitted by law and where 
                practicable--and in cooperation with Tribes, States, 
                local governments, and interested citizen groups--
                protect, connect, promote, and assist trails of all 
                types throughout the United States. This will be 
                accomplished by:

                    (a) Providing trail opportunities of all types, 
                with minimum adverse impacts and maximum benefits for 
                natural, cultural, and community resources;
                    (b) Protecting the trail corridors associated with 
                national scenic trails and the high priority potential 
                sites and segments of national historic trails to the 
                degrees necessary to ensure that the values for which 
                each trail was established remain intact;
                    (c) Coordinating maps and data for the components 
                of the national trails system and Millennium Trails 
                network to ensure that these trails are connected into 
                a national system and that they benefit from 
                appropriate national programs;
                    (d) Promoting and registering National Recreation 
                Trails, as authorized in the National Trails System 
                Act, by incorporating where possible the commitments 
                and partners active with Millennium Trails;
                    (e) Participating in a National Trails Day the 
                first Saturday of June each year, coordinating Federal 
                events with the National Trails Day's sponsoring 
                organization, the American Hiking Society;
                    (f) Familiarizing Federal agencies that are active 
                in tourism and travel with the components of a national 
                system of trails and the Millennium Trails network and 
                including information about them in Federal promotional 
                and outreach programs;
                    (g) Fostering volunteer programs and opportunities 
                to engage volunteers in all aspects of trail planning, 
                development, maintenance, management, and education as 
                outlined in 16 U.S.C. 1250;
                    (h) Encouraging participation of qualified youth 
                conservation or service corps, as outlined in 41 U.S.C. 
                12572 and 42 U.S.C. 12656, to perform construction and 
                maintenance of trails and trail-related projects, as 
                encouraged in sections 1108(g) and 1112(e) of the 
                Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, and 
                also in trail planning protection, operations, and 
                    (i) Promoting trails for safe transportation and 
                recreation within communities;
                    (j) Providing and promoting a wide variety of trail 
                opportunities and experiences for people of all ages 
                and abilities;

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                    (k) Providing historical interpretation of trails 
                and trail sites and enhancing cultural and heritage 
                tourism through special events, artworks, and programs; 
                    (l) Providing training and information services to 
                provide high-quality information and training 
                opportunities to Federal employees, Tribal, State, and 
                local government agencies, and the other trail 

                Sec. 2. The Federal Interagency Council on Trails. The 
                Federal Interagency Council on Trails (Council), first 
                established by agreement between the Secretaries of 
                Agriculture and the Interior in 1969, is hereby 
                recognized as a long-standing interagency working 
                group. Its core members represent the Department of the 
                Interior's Bureau of Land of Management and National 
                Park Service, the Department of Agriculture's Forest 
                Service, and the Department of Transportation's Federal 
                Highway Administration. Other Federal agencies, such as 
                those representing cultural and heritage interests, are 
                welcome to join this council. Leadership of the Council 
                may rotate among its members as decided among 
                themselves at the start of each fiscal year. The 
                Council's mission is to coordinate information and 
                program decisions, as well as policy recommendations, 
                among all appropriate Federal agencies (in consultation 
                with appropriate nonprofit organizations) to foster the 
                development of America's trails through the following 

                    (a) Enhancing federally designated trails of all 
                types (e.g., scenic, historic, recreation, and 
                Millennium) and working to integrate these trails into 
                a fully connected national system;
                    (b) Coordinating mapping, signs and markers, 
                historical and cultural interpretations, public 
                information, training, and developing plans and 
                recommendations for a national trails registry and 
                    (c) Ensuring that trail issues are integrated in 
                Federal agency programs and that technology transfer 
                and education programs are coordinated at the national 
                level; and
                    (d) Developing a memorandum of understanding among 
                the agencies to encourage long-term interagency 
                coordination and cooperation to further the spirit and 
                intent of the National Trails System Act and related 

                Sec. 3. Issue Resolution and Handbook for Federal 
                Administrators of the National Trails System. Federal 
                agencies shall together develop a process for resolving 
                interagency issues concerning trails. In addition, 
                reflecting the authorities of the National Trails 
                System Act, participating agencies shall coordinate 
                preparation of (and updates for) an operating handbook 
                for Federal administrators of the National Trails 
                System and others involved in creating a national 
                system of trails. The handbook shall reflect each 
                agencies' governing policies and provide guidance to 
                each agencies' field staff and partners about the roles 
                and responsibilities needed to make each trail in the 
                national system fully operational.

                Sec. 4. Observance of Existing Laws. Nothing in this 
                Executive Order shall be construed to override existing 
                laws, including those that protect the lands, waters, 
                wildlife habitats, wilderness areas, and cultural 
                values of this Nation.

                Sec. 5. Judicial Review. This order is intended only to 
                improve the internal management of the executive 
                branch. It does not create any right or benefit,

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                substantive or procedural, enforceable in law or equity 
                by any party against the United States, its agencies, 
                its officers or employees, or any other person.

                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                     January 18, 2001.

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