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A JOINT RESOLUTION urging the Kentucky Congressional Delegation to support legislation calling for federal approval of extension of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Expedition is about President Thomas Jefferson's dream, the planning and preparation required for an early 19th-century military expedition, and then finally about the journey itself; and

WHEREAS, members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition comprising the Corps of Discovery were Kentuckians, and

WHEREAS, Louisville, Kentucky, was one of the bases of formation and the site of their beginning of the Expedition, and

WHEREAS, members of the Kentucky Delegation have supported and been the primary sponsor of legislation before Congress, which would have amended the National Trails System Act by extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to include additional sites associated with the preparation or the return phase of the expedition; and

WHEREAS, members of the Kentucky Delegation will introduce legislation calling for a feasibility study on extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to the east; and

WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation supports recognition of a continuous trail across the country on the National Park Service's official trail map and the right to post the official trail signs - Two Captains Pointing the Way - which are posted throughout the West; and

WHEREAS, the extension of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail from coast to coast would complete the story and expose a broader base of Americans to the educational and cultural aspects of the expedition; and

WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation believes that the status quo does not adequately recognize Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson where he dreamed his vision for America; Washington, D.C., where he shared his dream with Meriwether Lewis; or a variety of other significant places throughout the Eastern Legacy states; and

WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation partners with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in caring for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and also supports scholarship, educational efforts, and research on the expedition;

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. The General Assembly hereby supports and urges the Kentucky Congressional Delegation to support legislation calling for federal approval of extension of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Section 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Clerk of the Senate shall forward a copy of this Resolution to each member of the Kentucky Congressional Delegation.


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