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Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards

Coalition for Recreational Trails
2007 Achievement Awards for RTP-funded projects

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Vermont Youth Conservation Corps worker

 

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of their outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners are recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2007 during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.

The following trail projects and programs were honored by the Coalition for Recreation Trails for 2007. Click on the links to see details and photographs of the projects.

 

Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps (CO, NM, WY) - Youth Conservation/Service Corps

Penny Lake Trail (ME) - Accessibility Enhancement

Camp DREAM/Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Collaboration (VT) - Environment and Wildlife Compatibility

Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines (MN) - Education and Communication

Potato Knob Trail/Holly River State Park (WV) - Construction and Design

Wild Rivers State Trail (WI) - Multiple Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Cary Bayou Trail Phase I and Phase II (TX) - Maintenance and Rehabilitation

The Recreational Trails Program was first created in 1991 as part of the ground-breaking legislation known as ISTEA, and was recently expanded and reauthorized through the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). The RTP returns a portion of federal gasoline taxes generated by non-highway motorized recreation to the states for trail-related purposes. Under current legislation, the program is scheduled to receive:

  • $70,000,000 for FY 2006
  • $75,000,000 for FY 2007
  • $80,000,000 for FY 2008
  • $85,000,000 for FY 2009

To date over 8,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country.

www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/index.htm provides information on the program.

A searchable database of projects funded by the RTP is available online at: www.funoutdoors.info/rtphome.html. A recent agreement between the Federal Highway Administration and the Coalition for Recreational Trails assures that the collection of this data will continue for an additional three years.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a national organization representing the nation's major trail interests, has been working since 1992 to build awareness and understanding of the RTP, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. For more information about CRT and its members, go to: www.funoutdoors.com/coalitions/crt.

See State by State list of all CRT Awards with links to individual award web pages

See previous Recreational Trails Program Award Winners:

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