Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 2011 at U.S. House of Representatives offices. This year Representative Tom Petri (WI) was recognized for his many years as a champion of the Recreational Trails Program in Congress.
Seven trail projects and two State programs have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails as recipients of its tenth Annual Achievement Awards as part of the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week. The trail projects and programs honored for 2011 are listed below by category of award.
Representative Tom Petri, Wisconsin, receiving an award
for "beating the drum" for the Recreational Trails Program
from Derrick Crandall, CRT Co-Chair
Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Musselshell Trail - Lewis-Clark ATV Club (ID)
Construction and Design
Iron Range OHV Recreation Area - Minnesota DNR
Education and Communication
Shadow Mountain Project - Jackson Ranger District (WY)
Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
White River Valley Trail - Table Rock State Park (MO)
Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Middle Run Valley Bridge - Delaware DNR
Potts Memorial Park Trail Project - City of Salisbury (MO)
Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails - Alaska
The award winners for Outstanding State Trail Program and Outstanding Recreational Trails Advisory Committee were chosen by the Awards Committee of the National Association of State Park Directors. Those winners are:
Outstanding State Trail Program
California State Trails Program
Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee
Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB)
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.
The Recreational Trails Program was first created in 1991 as part of the ground-breaking legislation known as ISTEA, and was expanded and reauthorized through the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). After a slow start under ISTEA, when $37.5 million was made available for the program, funding has grown substantially and, by September 30, 2009, nearly $730 million had been made available to states for recreational trails. Half of all funding is apportioned to the states equally. The remaining 50% is apportioned among eligible states based upon nonhighway recreational fuel use in each of those states during the preceding year.
The program was slated to be reauthorized during 2010, but a series of extensions continued the surface transportation funding authority. The many groups that are a part of the Coalition for Recreational Trails are working for reauthorization and continued funding of the RTP. Read more about the Recreational Trails Program...
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. The 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. For more information about CRT and its members, go to: www.funoutdoors.com/coalitions/crt.