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Monday, June 22, 2009

America's Great Trails Act Needs Support

from the American Hiking Society

American Hiking Society urges you to TAKE ACTION to contact your Representative and encourage them to support HR 1912, the Complete America's Great Trails Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Connolly (D-VA) and Rep. Lummis (R-WY) designed to protect some of the most special trails in America.

America's longest and most protected trails, iconic footpaths like the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, and brand-new Arizona National Scenic Trail, all cross private lands. Many landholders graciously allow hikers to cross their lands - but each acre of private land represents a potential break in the continuity of these great trails.

The Complete America's Great Trails Act is a bill that provides a tax credit to private landowners who grant conservation easements to National Scenic Trails. This means that private landowners have a new incentive to allow hikers to pass through their property, and trails get a guaranteed corridor that protects the connectivity and continuity of the hiking experience for years to come!

This tax credit is an important tool that provides a fiscally responsible incentive for private landowners to allow access for hikers. During these challenging financial times, it is important to consider that HR 1912 requires no direct spending from the federal government, provides a significant tax break to hard-working landowners, and helps ensure that America continues to benefit from our incredible trail resources.

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