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America has 11 National Scenic Trails, but after 60 years only the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has a right-of-way set aside for posterity. The other 10 trails have gaps subject to closure and dangerous road-walks. Many have access problems. Hiking Trails for America (HTA) has been formed to support permanent protection and continuity for all National Scenic Trails and to educate the general public in the use of foot trails for walking, hiking and backpacking.

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Last week I flew to Santa Fe for a meeting with Bill Kemsley and Larry Luxembourg, board members of hiking trails for America. We followed that with a meeting with the owner of Outside Magazine, explaining the serious gaps in our nation trail system. If anything is to appear in print on this meeting, you will be the first to know.

The eldest of the tribe, Bill Kemsley 91 doing just fine with the help of trekking poles. Columbine-Hondo Wildnerness, Carson National Forest, north of Taos.
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