Apr 9, 2015
Kelly had personally requested survey from US Dept. of Interior
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today commending the National Park Service (NPS) for agreeing to conduct a reconnaissance survey of the Washington Trail – 1753 in Western Pennsylvania, which will determine if the trail resources “merit further consideration as a potential unit of the National Trails System.” The NPS’s decision letter to Rep. Kelly can be viewed here.
“I am wholeheartedly appreciative of the NPS’s decision to conduct a reconnaissance survey of this revered historic trail. The trail serves as an exciting bridge to pre-revolution America and commemorates George Washington’s first-ever military and diplomatic venture. All Western Pennsylvanians should be proud that this special landmark is now one step closer to being officially recognized as a National Historic Trail.”
NOTE: On February 11, 2015, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to Jon Jarvis, Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior, requesting that the NPS undertake a reconnaissance survey to “identify the nationally significant route and resources associated with the Washington Trail – 1753” and to “determine whether the corridor merits future designation as a National Historic Trail.”
On July 30, 2014, Rep. Kelly sent a letter to the NPS in support of a grant application previously submitted by the Washington Trail – 1753 for Community Assistance through the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program. The letter, along with three other letters in support of the project (including one to the Honorable Martin O’Brien, Chairman of Washington Trail – 1753), can be viewed here. On November 18, 2014, the NPS announced its decision to provide assistance.