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DOI - 607 - Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameTrail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2001Committee Number607
Original Establishment Date6/7/1988Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date3/18/2001Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*35
Current Charter Date3/18/1999Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent, Long Distance Trails Group Office-Santa Fe
Date Of Renewal Charter3/18/2001Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date3/18/2001Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Gaines
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 91-383Designated Federal Officer Phone*505-988-6888
Effective Date Of Authority*8/18/1970Designated Federal Officer Fax*505-986-5214
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate Required 
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The council met to discuss the progress of trail development and preservation efforts. They asked for and received clarification on the status of several ongoing planning and design projects, and potential trail threats. The council considered a proposal to establish a Trail of Tears Scenic Byway in southeast Missouri. The council tabled action to recommend that NPS endorse the proposal pending receipt of additional information from proponents. Additional base funding for FY 2000 was discussed; the council supports the hiring of a planner/landscape architect and a historian to help advance trail plan implementation. The council was briefed on an initial research workshop that was highly successful in bringing trail route experts together for the purpose of exchanging information and ultimately plotting the original Arkansas route on base maps. The council encouraged NPS funding support for additional workshops in the other trail states.
How is membership balanced?*Members are broadly representative of landowners, nonprofit organizations, scholars, recreation professionals and tribal, federal, and state governments. This breadth is sufficient to provide input by the many people affected by or interested in the Trail of Tears which affects nine states and runs a distance of 2,400 miles.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*One annual meeting is sufficient to identify and recommend goals and objectives for the work year, and raise issues and concerns about past or present plans.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advice cannot be obtained from other sources because it is formed through discussion and consensus building with all relevant interest groups sitting at the same table. The council provides a forum which encourages fairness and understanding, and the atmosphere for group consensus and partnership necessary for developing a national historic trail
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open.
Recommendation RemarksThe legislative authority expired July 7, 1998, for establishment of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council under the National Trails System Act of 1983 (as amended by P.L. 100-192, December 16, 1987). The Council has been reestablished administratively by the Secretary of the Interior under the general authority of section 3 of Public Law 91-383. The Council is expected to continue until such time as the trail plan has been substantively and broadly implemented, and trail administration has had the opportunity to mature and become fully effective and responsive to its operational and partnership responsibilities. Re MEMBERSHIP--In accordance with the Council's Charter, members may continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until successors are appointed. Renewal charter is pending Secretary's approval.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety* Action Reorganize Priorities* 
Outcome Trust In Government Action Reallocate Resources 
Outcome Major Policy Changes Action Issued New Regulations 
Outcome Advance In Scientific Research Action Proposed Legislation 
Outcome Effective Grant Making Action Approved Grants Or Other Payments 
Outcome Improved Service Delivery Action Other 
Outcome Increased Customer Satisfaction Action Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg Requirements Grants Review* 
Outcome Other Number Of Grants Reviewed 
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings* Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended 
Cost Savings CommentGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations* Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer* 
Number Of Recommendations CommentAccess Agency Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented* Access Committee Website 
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentAccess GSA FACA Website 
% of Recs Partially Implemented* Access Publications 
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAccess Other 
Agency Feedback* Access Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*Narrative Description*
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$7,500.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$7,500.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,500.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$4,800.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$4,800.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$21,800.00Est. Total Next FY*$21,800.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est Cost Remarks
Cost Remarks  
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-018800Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council2000
 COM-019486Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council1999
 COM-020720Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council1998
 COM-021351Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Advisory Council1997