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Recreational Trails Program Award

Morrison Trail Project

Project sponsor: Magic City 4-Wheelers, Inc., Billings, Montana
Award Category: Multiple Use Management and Corridor Sharing
2003 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

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Working on the Morrison Trail

When the RTP was first enacted over 10 years ago, one of the legislation's aims was to foster better relations within the trails community, to bring different trail users together to work toward a common goal of increasing and enhancing opportunities for all kinds of trail-based recreation and to find innovative ways of encouraging multiple use on the trails.

In this same spirit, the CRT has made a point of recognizing trail projects and programs that do just that: foster multiple-use management and trail-corridor sharing. The winner this year in this important category is the Morrison Trail Project in Park County, Wyoming. The Morrison Trail, which has actually been in place since the late 1800's, connects with the famous Beartooth Highway.

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Scenic views on Montana's Morrison Trail

The trail is enjoyed by many different user groups, including four wheelers, mountain bikers, equestrians, canoers, kayakers, rafters, off-highway motorcyclists, snowmobilers, ATV'ers, hikers and bikers. The trail also provides fire and emergency access to ranchers in the area. The broad-based interest in the trail is evident in the letters from many different user groups, as well as search and rescue workers, that were written in support of the original grant application.

The project's main goal was to preserve the Morrison Trail, reduce erosion, and make it safer for a wide variety of users. Funds were used to purchase water bars and a section of culvert and to rent the equipment needed to put this material in place. Without the added safety and access provided by this project, many different users would not have been able to continue to enjoy the Morrison Trail.

Edward and Mary Melcher of the Magic City 4-Wheelers were in Washington, DC to accept the CRT's Annual Achievement Award for Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing on the Morrison Trail.

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Volunteers from Magic City 4-Wheelers


For more great trails, see:

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  • arrow See State by State list of all Recreational Trails Program Awards with links to individual award web pages

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