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The American Discovery Trail is designed to serve as the backbone of a nationwide network of trails, and we need your help to make it an official part of the National Trails System.

Becoming a part of the National Trails System is a multi-step process. In the first step, Congress passed a law directing the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility and desirability study to determine if the ADT qualified to become a part of the National Trails System.

This study recommended that the ADT be added to the National Trails System as the first of a new category of long-distance trails to be known as National Discovery Trails. Legislation to implement this recommendation, known as the National Discovery Trails Act, has been introduced in Congress several times. The bill has passed the Senate unanimously three times, but each time it stalled in committees in the House.

Bipartisan legislation to make this happen—the National Discovery Trails Act or H.R. 3022—has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska with Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado as lead co-sponsor.

H.R. 3022 would create a new category of trails known as National Discovery Trails and designate the American Discovery Trail as the first of these trails. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware introduced Senate Bill 2346 in the Senate with Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois as co-sponsor to accomplish the same as the House Bill.

For this legislation to pass, we need to demonstrate as much grass roots support as we can. You can help by asking your member of Congress or your state Senator to co-sponsor the legislation.

Contacting your member of Congress or Senator is easy. Simply point your browser to (last name of your member of Congress) You can write a message from that website—and you can click on one of the links below for ideas on what to say. Or you can use this link to find your member - . For your Senator - go to and click on your Senator's name to send an email.

Don’t know who your member of Congress is? Email Krista at with your address, and she can find out for you.

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