Coalition for Recreational Trails



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


Winners have been announced for the 2012 "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails was held in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2012 at U.S. House of Representatives offices. The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America during the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Week.

The eight trail projects and two State programs honored for 2012 are listed below by category of award:

Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Construction and Design - Local

Construction and Design - Long Distance

Education and Communication

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Environment and Wildlife Compatibility

Accessibility Enhancement

Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps

photo of smiling men in suits

Congressman Mike Michaud of Maine (left) and Congressman
Tom Petri of Wisconsin receiving awards for their
being champions for the Recreational Trails Program


State Awards

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. In both of these award categories, self-nominations for the awards were solicited from the states and reviewed by CRT members for inclusion in the award competition. States with approved self-nominations were then asked to submit a full nomination package, which was shared with the NASPD Awards Committee. The winners are:

Outstanding State Trail Program

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee


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 $900 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.

A series of extensions has 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...


arrow See the roster of all Annual Awards for Recreational Trails Program projects since 1999, sorted by State and by Award Category

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