Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
|For Immediate Release: |
June 25, 2009
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553
Boxer Reintroduces Bill to Begin Designation of Western States Trail as National Historic Trail
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today introduced the Western States National Trail Study Act, legislation to authorize a study by the Department of the Interior for the designation of the Western States Trail as a National Historic Trail.
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), authorizes the study for a route that runs approximately 100 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California. The study is the first step in the process of determining whether the Trail fits the special historic, ecological, and scenic requirements of the designation.
Senator Boxer said, “The Western States Trail is a national resource that highlights California’s majestic history and scenery and I am proud to introduce this bill to designate it as a National Historic Trail. This legislation will help ensure that one of the most beautiful areas of California can be enjoyed by runners, hikers, equestrians, and other outdoor enthusiasts for generations to come.”
“The Western States Trail is one of California’s most unique recreational adventures,” Senator Feinstein said. “Runners, hikers and horseback riders who undertake this rugged 100-mile trek can enjoy sweeping vistas of Sierra peaks, tree-lined meadows and mountain streams. This bill presents a first step towards designating the Western States Trail as a National Historic Trail, and is supported by local officials, environmentalists and recreation groups. So, I encourage my colleagues to approve this legislation.”
The Western States Trail Ride (commonly known as the Tevis Cup) and the Western States Endurance Run have both been conducted along the Western States Trail route, since 1955 and 1974 respectively. The Western States Trail began as a Native American trail and became a direct link between the mining camps of California and Nevada. It has retained its 19th-century historic integrity and remains unaffected by roads or railroads.
The Western States National Trail Study Act enjoys broad, local support from the Placer and El Dorado County Boards of Supervisors as well as the Auburn City Council.