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Chisholm and Great Western NHT Feasibility Study/Environmental Assessment

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Welcome to the Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trail Feasibility Study/Environmental Assessment project!

The proposed Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trail commemorates the routes followed by upwards of ten million cattle as they traveled northbound from southern Texas to Kansas and adjacent destinations between 1867 and the 1880s.

In recognition of the perceived national importance of these two routes, and in response to public advocacy for the inclusion of these routes in the National Trails System, Congress passed legislation that was signed by President Obama on March 30, 2009 (Sec. 5303 of P.L. 111-11).

This public law calls for a study of "The Chisholm Trail (also known as the 'Abilene Trail'), from the vicinity of San Antonio, Texas ... to Enid, Oklahoma, Caldwell, Kansas, Wichita, Kansas, Abilene, Kansas, and commonly used segments running to alternative Kansas destinations" as well as "The Great Western Trail (also known as the 'Dodge City Trail'), from the vicinity of San Antonio, Texas, north-by-northwest [to] Oklahoma, north through Kansas to Dodge City, and north through Nebraska to Ogallala."

In compliance with P.L. 111-11, National Park Service staff led by the National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, have completed a feasibility study for the proposed Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trail.

Public meetings for scoping purposes were held in June 2010. A planning newsletter and a scoping report are available. The reviewed statement of national significance has been posted as well. The study and environmental assessment were released for public review in January 2015 and generated over 800 responses. Comments received during the study process were overwhelmingly supportive of national trail designation. Accordingly, the NPS selected Alternative B, Designate Two National Historic Trails as One Administrative Unit, for implementation, which is documented in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed September 13, 2016. This study was transmitted to Congress in 2019 for their consideration. The study document and transmittal letters are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FinalChisholmGreatWesternNHTStudy2019.

Thank you for your interest in this planning project.

Aaron Mahr
Superintendent
National Trails Intermountain Region

Contact Information
Aaron Mahr
Superintendent
National Park Service
National Trails Intermountain Region
P.O. Box 728
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
505-988-6736
aaron_mahr@nps.gov