2009 RTP Achievement Awards

Award-Winning Trail and Greenway Projects

 

The members of the Coalition for Recreational Trails 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 10, 2009 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building.

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State Trail Program Award: Oregon

Outstanding State Trail Program

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Interpretive boardwalk in Oregon's
Willamette Valley

 

Oregon utilizes of team of experienced professionals to maximize the limited resources available, including a State Trails Coordinator, a Grant Program Coordinator and staff from the All-Terrain Vehicle Program and Recreation Programs and Planning Office. In its administration of the RTP program, Oregon uses a scoring criterion that is specific to motorized, non-motorized and water trail projects. They are equally weighted. The criteria are based on statewide planning for the State Trails Plan and SCORP, that is, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and take into account rural and urban differences and the regional trail needs in Oregon.

Oregon relies on an RTP Grant Committee that is representative of trails users in Oregon. The committee consists of motorized, non-motorized, federal land manager and ADA representatives. Oregon also works to get representation from all regions in the state. Up to one third of the Grant Committee membership rotates each year, adding new members while ensuring that two thirds of the committee has experience and history with the grant program.

Oregon provides multiple examples of creative and effective use of RTP funds, including the Prospector Trail linking two rural communities (Canyon City and John Day) via a four-mile trail. All the schools are in one community, but shared park and ball fields are in the other – and no trail connected them. The state trail program worked with community leaders to design and build a trail at reasonable costs that is now used for many purposes, including a "Walking School Bus" effort, where adults walk students home from school.

 

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Oregon's Basket Slough NWR was the site of the
dedication of the 1,000th National Recreation Trail

In the City of Salem, RTP funds converted an abandoned railroad bridge to connect two city parks and Downtown Salem with West Salem.

The OregonTrailFinder.com project was the first effort at a comprehensive web page for all trails in Oregon. This has evolved into The Intertwine Alliance website, which allows residents and visitors to search for trails by proximity to a location or by trail type.

Oregon supports trail program efforts in many ways. It communicates regularly with trail, environmental and other outdoor interests through mail and email and conducts three grant-writing workshops annually to educate potential applicants.

Oregon views the RTP Program as an integral component of a statewide trails program, and integrates RTP efforts with other planning and assistance programs. This helps keep trails centrally involved in statewide recreation and transportation plans. The agency has made the State Trails Coordinator a member of the Oregon Scenic Byways Committee.

The State Trails Coordinator also reviews and scores Transportation Enhancement program projects that pertain to non-motorized projects. The program is represented on the Oregon DOT Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Recently, the agency developed a new Scenic Bikeway program that increases communication with Oregon DOT, federal land managers, local road masters, and tourism organizations throughout the state.

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Oregon is noted for support of intermodal trails
linking transportation and recreation routes

 

The Outstanding State Trail Program Award

This is the first year for the award to recognize State Trails Programs which feature outstanding use of the Federal Recreational Trails Program funds. Criteria for the State awards are:


The Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 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.

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