Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner reintroduced H.R. 1424 on March 8, bipartisan legislation that would make the Ice Age Trail, which spans most of the state of Wisconsin, a unit of the National Parks System, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

The Ice Age Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. It is one of the Wisconsin tourism and travel industry’s biggest draws. More than 1 million people from across the country use the Ice Age Trail each year, and a 2012 study by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater quantified the economic impact of the Trail at more than $113 annually, according to the release.

If passed, this legislation would provide parity in the resources available to the trail for management and promotion, all within the National Park Service budget. Without unit status, the Ice Age Trail does not have equal participation in National Park Service funding.

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