Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced earlier in the week that 52 trail organizations, local communities, tribal entities and more will receive Recreational Trails Program (RTP) federal grant awards for trail projects in 2012.
The current federal appropriation is nearly $600,000. It is only a percentage of the anticipated total amount based on the latest apportionments from the Montana Federal Highway Administration.
“Fifty-two successful project sponsors throughout the state can be certain of partial funding for their projects,” said Beth Shumate, Trails Coordinator for Montana State Parks. “The funding received will provide a boost to local economies and rural communities across Montana.”
The federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an important funding source for Montana trail projects. Administered by Montana State Parks, a division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, RTP funds are awarded each year for local trail projects such as the construction and maintenance of trails, development of trailside and trailhead facilities, ethics education and interpretive programs, and weed control.
Montana State Parks received a record 72 project applications this year from local communities, counties, federal and state agencies, tribal entities, private associations and organizations.
Some of the recipients include trails in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Chief Joseph X-Country Ski Trails in the Bitterroot Mountains. For a full list of Grant Award Recipients, please click here.
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