KENAI (AP) -- Alaska's Iditarod Trail has won a $20,000 grant as part of a nationwide Millennium Trails program.
The $20,000 can be used by trail groups to fund programs, studies and planning and to improve trail infrastructure and maintenance. The program is a collective effort by the White House Millennium Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and funded by American Express.
''This funding will help Alaskans claim the historic importance of this trail,'' said Iditarod National Millennium Trail chairman Nyla Marsilio of Kasilof.
''These grants are given in recognition of the contribution these trails will make to our nation's cultural and natural heritage,'' said David Burwell, president of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
''This trail was being used before Christopher Columbus arrived,'' said Marsilio. ''That puts its importance in context. It's enough to give you goose bumps.''
The Iditarod National Historic Trail begins in Seward and runs to Nome.
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