Update: Pacific Northwest Trail Gets Some Press
As reported on The Signpost Blog Feb 12, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 remains pending before the House of Representatives. Having overwhelmingly passed the Senate 71-21, backers are eagerly awaiting the anticipated passage of the bill. Enthusiasm is ramping up here in Washington State as well. Today, the Seattle Times published a front-page feature on how the act would impact the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Written by Times staff reporter Lynda V. Mapes, the piece does a fine job giving historical perspective regarding the trail, the trail's current condition and how passage of Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 and the trail's subsequent designation as a National Scenic Trail would effect the 1,200 mile corridor.
If - and when - the bill is passed, according to Mapes, the trail's new designation will, bring national recognition to the trail, and put it among its better known peers including the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails." Washington Trials Association Advocacy Director Jonathan Guzzo, quoted in the article, concurs, "It's a trail of magnificent scenic beauty, certainly of national importance."