DENVER - The U.S. Forest Service has amended a comprehensive plan for the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail being built through five states.
The Forest Service said Wednesday that the amendments update a 1985 plan to provide a framework for deciding uses of the trail. The agency received 8,000 comments from the public on the plan.
Forest Service spokeswoman Janelle Smith says the intent is to accommodate as many uses as possible and to do that at the local level.
A study of a Continental Divide trail was approved in 1968, and the trail was established by Congress in 1978. About two-thirds of the trail is complete. It runs through parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
On the Net:
U.S. Forest Service, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail: http://www.fs.fed.us/cdt/
Continental Divide Trail Alliance: http://www.cdtrail.org/