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Fri March 28, 2014
Lagging forest trail maintenance prompting "frenemies" to unite
Over 50 diverse recreation and conservation groups say the Forest Service is facing a nation-wide trails crisis and they sent a letter to Congress this week asking for help.
The Forest Service manages 158-thousand miles of trails in the United States that advocates say help support an over 600-billion-dollar recreation industry.
In tonight's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Shannon Freix tells us more about the trail maintenance backlog and why it's uniting multiple-use and wilderness advocates.
Freix is the Continental Divide Trails Program Manager for the Montana Wilderness Association.