Appalachian Trail Histories

Report of the 1965 study commissioned by the Secretary of the Interior Morris Udall and completed by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (U.S. Department of the Interior). The report was a response to President Lyndon Johnson's "Natural Beauty Message" of February 8, 1965, in which he called for development and protection of a balanced system of trails—in the nation's metropolitan areas as well as in the countryside—in cooperation with State and local governments and private interests. Johnson called for such a trail system to help protect and enhance the total quality of the outdoor environment as well as to provide much needed opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation. This report helped provide a framework for the creation of the the National Trails System Act of 1968.

Collection: Legislation