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Gov. Kay Ivey and agencies establish Governance Board for Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey, alongside key state and federal officials, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, Aug. 1, establishing a Governance Board for the Alabama section of the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail.

The board is comprised with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), and the USDA Forest Service.

These entities will work together to collaboratively lead the development, restoration, and maintenance of the trail as an outdoor recreation resource.

Reaching approximately 170 miles along the Talladega Mountain range, the Alabama Pinhoti Trail spans six counties in eastern Alabama, extending to the Georgia border.

“In Alabama, we recognize the vital importance of protecting our state’s natural beauty and maximizing opportunities for residents and visitors alike to get outdoors and experience it for themselves,” said Governor Ivey. “The Pinhoti Trail is a major asset to outdoor recreation-based tourism in Alabama, and restoration and maintenance of this trail is a team effort. I’m proud to move forward with this shared stewardship approach by partnering with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the Alabama Trails Commission and the Alabama Trails Foundation. Together, we can ensure that our state remains Alabama the beautiful for generations to come.”

The development of the Alabama Pinhoti Trail began in the 1970s with a key portion in the Talladega National Forest being designated as an official National Recreation Trail in 1977.

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