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Some creative ideas for trail and greenway funding

Get creative! That's the advice that successful trails activists invariably give. Finding funds for trails and conservation projects is the ultimate creative challenge. Here are some successful examples of trail and greenway funding from across the nation.

$$$ Brewers contributed their good spirits and cash to trail projects this year. In Michigan the smooth, dark Big Ring Ale comes from the Michigan Brewing Company of Webberville. The Michigan Mountain Biking Asociation's Dwain Abrmowski notes this "has opened another much needed source of funding."

$$$ Meanwhile, in Leadville, Colorado, the local Boomtown Brewpub brought kegs of a new beer to the grand opening of the Mineral Belt Trail in July. Part of the proceeds from the ongoing sale of the Mineral Belt Pale Ale will be donated for future improvements to the trail,

$$$ The Walkabout Comfort Shoe Store held a fundraiser for Portland Trails. For every pair of Dansko clogs, shoes, or sandals sold, Walkabout gave $3 and Dansko donated $2. Another local retailer, L. L. Bean, gave a $500 gift certificate to be given to a Portland Trails member in a random drawing.

$$$ Bike suspension maker RockShox provides many $250 grants for volunteer trail projects. One example is the Discovery Program of Orange, VA, which will use the funds to construct a beginner mountain bike trail, renovate a section of existing trail, and conduct a trail study that will provide recommendations to local land managers. Participants include Prospect Heights Middle School and the Walnut Creek Park Trail Volunteers. Information: Dan Vardamis of IMBA at or (303) 545-9011

$$$ The Poudre River Trail near Windsor, Colorado, received help from over 200 volunteers from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Trail preparation, tree pruning, fence building, mowing, and debris removal were some of the work day accomplishments. Volunteers were treated to root beer floats at the end of the day.

$$$ The state of Montana received 12 miles of trail easements on 2,415 acres along the Missouri River nort of the Great Falls, donated by Montana Power Co. This is a major contribution to the River's Edge Trail which extends from the city of Great Falls along the scenic route of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

PowerBar funds trails and trail protection

PowerBar Inc. announced that it will donate $74,000 in Direct Impact On Rivers And Trails (D.I.R.T.) funds to 31 organizations across the country. The energy bar leader received 150 applications, a record number, from grassroots groups nationwide who are working on critical conservation and access issues in their local communities. Since the program's 1997 inception, PowerBar has donated over $330,000 in D.I.R.T. grants

Some of the 31 grants for 2000 include:

The 2000 D.I.R.T. grants were announced August 12. To see the list of projects and a link to the D.I.R.T. application page, see Click on "Library & Resources," then on "Funding."

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