Cattle trails across Kansas may soon be officially recognized as a part of national history.
National Park Service officials are studying whether or not the Chisholm Trail, which extends from the Oklahoma border to Caldwell, up to Wichita and Newton and into Abilene should be a national historic trail.
The Great Western Trail is also up for consideration. It starts in Texas and runs through Dodge City to Ogallala, Neb.
The Kansas Livestock Association says this sounds like a positive tourism development, but the organization will study how it might impact private land owners when the trails run through their property.
The draft report on the trails should be out by fall of 2011. Further information is available at parkplanning.nps.gov/nitr.