Old Spanish National Historic Trail Comprehensive Administrative Strategy
Welcome to the Old Spanish National Historic Trail Comprehensive Management Plan project. We wish to provide an update for this planning process and to again invite you to participate. With your help, a general direction for future administration of approximately 2,700 miles of historic routes associated with the Old Spanish Trail will be developed. The management plan will provide guidance for identifying the trail routes, protecting trail resources, and providing a quality visitor experience.
A Notice of Intent to prepare the Comprehensive Managment Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail was published in the Federal Register (vol. 71, no. 11, pp. 2956-2957) on January 18, 2006. A public scoping period started on January 18, and ended on May 17, 2006. Twenty-one public scoping meetings were held in communities across New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. A scoping report and newsletter are available on this website.
Draft alternatives have been developed, and data gathering for the draft EIS has been ongoing 2006-2012. Writing of the draft plan for joint agency review is now underway, in 2013-14.
Staff from the National Park Service's National Trails System, Intermountain Region (Santa Fe and Salt Lake City) and staff from the Bureau of Land Management's Utah state office (Salt Lake City) are leading the planning effort. The two agencies have joint administration of the national historic trail.
We thank each of you for your time and interest. Your participation is important, and we urge your continued involvement throughout the planning effort.
Aaron Mahr Yáñez
National Trails System, Intermountain Region
National Park Service
Aaron Mahr Yáñez, National Park Service