Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) have selected the winners of the "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners were recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2010 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building, during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week.
Learn more about the Recreational Trails Program
Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Backcountry Horsemen volunteers with the Leave No Trace Trailer
The Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) is a statewide organization that performs volunteer work on trails throughout Washington State. Last year, BCHW members completed nearly 70,000 hours of service. They worked closely with public agencies on responsible use of trails by equestrians. BCHW provides conservation education to riders, instilling a strong sense of ethical stewardship. They partner with many other recreation and conservation organizations, including the Washington Trails Association and the Wilderness Society.
In addition to trail and infrastructure work, BCHW invests in the education of trail-riding equestrians and pack stock users in adhering to the minimum-impact principles as exemplified by the BCHW Leave No Trace program. This program has long been a hallmark function of the organization— the continual reaffirmation of the importance of leaving the land as you find it. To do this, BCHW constantly reassesses available science and best management practices and adapts them to stock use.
The Recreational Trails Program has been instrumental in providing funding for expanding the BCHW Leave No Trace outreach program. BCHW trainers and volunteers hold workshops and staff information booths throughout the year.
Leave No Trace education display
A 2008-2009 RTP education grant enabled the printing of new brochures as well as the production of a video for increasing awareness of ecologic stewardship by public land recreational users, and for increasing the safety of both stock users and non-equestrian recreationists when working or moving around pack and saddle stock.
Long focused on backcountry travel, the program’s scope has been expanded to cover day-use areas and trails. This expansion is vitally important as population centers are growing, with more of the recreating public experiencing the outdoors closer to home, putting more demands on the front-country environment. Workshops teaching minimum-impact ethics are a great way to familiarize youth with the outdoors in a hands-on setting with strong messages about responsible behavior.
Back Country Horsemen of Washington,
640 Cape George Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Knot tying class for better horsemanship and packing skills
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 Recreational Trails Program, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The Annual Achievement Awards are part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to promote and celebrate this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the FHWA website for more information. Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.
See State by State list of all RTP Awards with links to individual award web pages