Coalition for Recreational Trails

2010 ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 

Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program

 

The Coalition for Recreational Trails has announced the winners of its "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.

 

Seven trail projects and two State programs have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails as recipients of its tenth Annual Achievement Awards. The trail projects and programs honored for 2010 are listed below by category of award. Click on the links to see details and photos of the projects:

 

photo of people with award

At the 2010 awards ceremony on Capitol Hill

Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Rampart Range OHV Development – Phase Three

Construction and Design
Agassiz Recreational Trail

Education and Communication
Coalition of Recreational Trail Users Educational Trailer

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area

Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Leave No Trace Program -- Backcountry Horsemen of Washington

Accessibility Enhancement
Laurel Fork Trail, Holly River State Park

Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail

Outstanding State Trail Program
Vermont

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee
Tennessee

 

The Recreational Trails Program

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...

 

Coalition for Recreational Trails:

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.

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