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Passed Senate amended (11/20/2002)

Title I: National Historic Trails Studies - (Sec. 101) Amends the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to revise the feasibility and suitability studies for the Oregon, Pony Express, California, and Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trails for consideration of possible additions of specified routes as components of those Trails. Directs the Secretary to undertake a study of specified shared routes of the California Trail and the Oregon Trail to determine the feasibility and suitability of designating one or more of the routes as shared components of the California National Historic Trail and the Oregon National Historic Trail.

Title II: National Trails System Acquisition Authorities - National Trails System Willing Seller Act - (Sec. 203) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of the department with jurisdiction over a national scenic or historic trail should: (1) cooperate with appropriate State and local officials and private persons with an interest in the trail to pursue development of the trail; and (2) be granted sufficient authority to purchase lands and interests in lands from willing sellers that are critical to the completion of the trail.

(Sec. 204) Prohibits the Federal Government from acquiring land or interest in land outside the exterior boundaries of any federally administered area for the following trails unless the consent of the owner thereof is obtained: (1) the North Country National Scenic Trail; (2) the Ice Age National Scenic Trail; and (3) the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Title III: Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail - Old Spanish Trail Recognition Act of 2002 - Establishes the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, which shall extend from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, and which shall be administered by the Secretary. Prohibits the Federal Government from acquiring land or interest in land outside the exterior boundaries of any federally administered area for the trail unless the consent of the owner thereof is obtained. Allows the Secretary to designate additional routes to the trail under specified circumstances.

Title IV: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Addition - Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Amendments Act of 2002 - Adds an additional route to the Lewis and Clark National Historic trail, running from the Falls of the Ohio in Clarksville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky, to Wood River, Illinois.