Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on 79 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications for the current grant cycle which closed March 11, 2016. Project applicants requested approximately $2.6 million from Montana’s Recreational Trails Program. Approximately $1.4 million in funding will be available for projects. Comments will be accepted through Friday, May 20th at 5pm.
Recreational Trails Program grant funds can provide assistance for trail projects, including development and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; planning and construction of community trails; snowmobile and cross-country ski trail maintenance and grooming operations; and, a variety of trail stewardship and safety education programs statewide.
A list of all trails grant applications for consideration is accessible online (click on ‘Recreational Trails Program’). Copies of individual RTP applications are available by request at (406) 444-4585.
Public Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, May 20th, 2016 and may be submitted online here.
Comments may also be submitted by email to: FWPRecreationalTrails@mt.gov or by regular mail to: Montana State Parks, Trails Program, 1420 E. Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is federally funded and is administered and managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with oversight from the Federal Highway Administration. RTP funding is made available through the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Bill called the Fast Act which is a five-year funding bill.