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Additional Routes of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Pony Express NHTs

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Welcome to the Four Trails Feasibility Study Revisions/Environmental Assessment project: Revisions to Feasibility Studies for Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Pony Express National Historic Trails.

Since the original designation of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Pony Express national historic trails, a significant amount of interest and research has developed concerning additional routes followed by emigrants to Oregon, California, and Utah, and on alternate routes used by the Pony Express.

In recognition of the perceived national importance of these routes and in response to public advocacy for the inclusion of these routes in the National Trails System, Congress passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (Public Law 111-11) in March 2009. The Act in part directs the Secretary of the Interior to revise the original feasibility studies of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Pony Express national historic trails. The purpose of the revisions is to determine the feasibility and suitability of designating 64 additional components, specifically named in the law, as well as "such other routes ... that the Secretary considers appropriate ..."

The National Trails Intermountain Region office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been chosen by the Secretary to revise the 1977 Oregon Trail Feasibility Study, the 1978 Mormon Trail Feasibility Study, and the 1987 California and Pony Express Trails Feasibility Study for the possible inclusion of the routes named in the legislation, and other appropriate routes so as to provide a more accurate and comprehensive commemoration of historic trends and events.

The study revisions shall be prepared as an Environmental Assessment, as authorized by recent revisions to Director's Order 12, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality regulations, and Departmental and Service regulations. The revisions shall be prepared as a single, combined document rather than as individual, trail-specific Environmental Assessments. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation procedures for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act shall be followed. All affected State Historic Preservation Offices and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices shall be consulted during the planning process. Section 106 consultation requirements also will be followed in partnership with interested parties and cooperators.

Public meetings for scoping purposes were held in the spring and summer of 2011. A planning newsletter and a scoping report have been developed and posted. Please refer to this website for project updates.

Thank you for your interest in this planning project.

Aaron Mahr
National Trails Intermountain Region

Contact Information
Michael Elliott
Chief Planner
National Trails Intermountain Region
PO Box 728
Santa Fe, NM 87504