There is currently no active legislation concerning the ADT, the ADTS is pursuing the creation of a bill in the current Congress to create Discovery Trails.


Below is the notice we issued for the previous legislative attempt:

A bit of your time today could make a huge difference for American Discovery Trail’s future.

A bipartisan team has introduced an important bill in the U.S. House of Representatives: The National Discovery Trails Act, H.R. 726. If we all act together, we have a unique opportunity to pass the legislation that will add the American Discovery Trail to the National Trails System.

You can help by asking your member of the House of Representatives to co-sponsor this legislation.
The National Discovery Trails Act would add a new category called National Discovery Trails to the National Trails System and recognize the American Discovery Trail as the first member of this category. National trails designation will add legitimacy and visibility to the ADT. The legislation will put the ADT on the National Park Service maps of the national trails, alongside the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

But most important: The ADT is the nation’s only coast-to-coast trail! It belongs in the National Trails System because it brings critical connections that make it a true system.

It is easy to email your member of Congress by going to www.house.gov or simply www.(member’s last name).house.gov. Alternatively you can visit this site
www.contactingcongress.org and enter your zip code to find both your state and specific district representatives.

If you have time to take additional steps, the most effective way to influence your member of Congress is to call the local office and request a personal meeting. And please ask your friends, business owners, and politicians such as your mayor to join in urging your representative to co-sponsor and support the bill.
If you would like more information or help, please send Carole an e-mail at info@discoverytrail.org. If you know a member of Congress or a staffer personally, it would be a big help if you could let us know.

This bipartisan legislation was introduced by a team lead by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, and Democrats Jared Huffman of California and Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware. There are currently 15 co-sponsors.

Frequently Asked Questions about HR 726

Please take just a few minutes today to contact your member of Congress.

Sample Letter to send to your representative – don’t forget to fill in your representative’s name (two places) and your location. If you have personal thoughts or experiences about the American Discovery Trail you should edit the letter to include those (near the top), customized letters are more influential than form letters. If you don’t live in a state which the trail passes through you can and should still ask for sponsorship, you should probably change or remove the paragraph about local businesses benefiting.

Since you are requesting a response you must include your printed name and address below your signature, traditionally the House of Representatives only replies by postal mail where the Senate uses email as well. Email is the preferred delivery method for a letter like this, postal letters have to go through a lengthy security procedure.