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Eastern Legacy Special Resource Study

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Thank you for your interest in the Eastern Legacy Special Resource Study.

The National Park Service has been directed by Congress to conduct a special resource study to assess the suitability and feasibility of adding the Eastern Legacy sites associated with the preparation and return phases of the Lewis and Clark expedition to the existing Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The existing Trail extends west from Wood River, Illinois for approximately 3,700 miles to the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington. The study area for the Eastern Legacy extends from Wood River, Illinois along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will include additional sites and overland routes followed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whether independently or together, prior to and following the 1804-1806 expedition.

The planning team will review and consider existing conditions, previous studies that have identified significant sites, public input regarding desired conditions for these sites and will then assess the suitability and feasibility of extending the Trail to include Eastern Legacy sites. As part of this study, the planning team will evaluate options for protection and interpretation of these sites by the National Park Service in cooperation with other federal, state, local, private or non-profit partners following direction provided in the 1968 National Trails System Act (as amended).

Public input plays a critical role in this process and we invite you to participate in this study. Your observations, insights and comments are essential as we move through the process so that the study takes into account potential opportunities and accurately reflects the concerns of the many communities and interested parties related to this possible Trail extension. Once the study is completed, Congress will make the final determination of what, if any, action it will take regarding an extension of the existing Trail.

As public meetings and workshops are scheduled, meeting information and locations will be posted under the "Meeting Notices" tab to the left of this screen. Please check this website periodically for updates on the study, public meeting announcements and to view documents that are open for public review and comment. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the process for the public to provide comments and input on this noteworthy study.

Your input is important for the success of this study. We encourage you to take part in this process and look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information
Ian Shanklin
Project Manager
National Park Service
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, Nebraska 68102