2020 U.S. Forest Service Highlights

Trail Administration — USFS administered five NSTs (Pacific Crest, Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Continental Divide, and Florida), one NHT (Nez Perce), and managed portions of many others.

Maintenance — USFS maintained approximately 5,000 miles of trail across the six NSHTs administered by the USFS in FY2020.

Trail Improvements — USFS improved (i.e. altered, expanded, or constructed) approximately 80 miles of trail across the six USFS administered NSHTs in FY2020.

Volunteer Support — Volunteers made significant trail maintenance contributions to the six NSHTs administered by the USFS in FY2020, as a total of approximately 155,000 volunteer hours were completed with an in-kind value of $3,835,574. 

Planning — USFS made progress Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and Arizona National Scenic Trail’s Comprehensive Management Plans.

National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act Implementation — USFS continued to implement Trail Maintenance Priority Areas, including the entire Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and sections of other National Scenic and Historic Trails. 

National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System Implementation — USFS launched the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge to focus our collective efforts to improve the sustainability of Forest Service trail systems and increase our collective capacity to manage and maintain trails.