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.
The eight trail projects and two State programs honored for 2012 are listed below by category of award. Click on any project name to see photos and project description:
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
Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Congressman Mike Michaud of Maine (left) and Congressman
Tom Petri of Wisconsin receiving awards for their
being champions for the Recreational Trails Program
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) of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. 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.
Since 1991, more than 20,000 RTP-funded projects have been fuunded nationwide and are documented on the RTP database: www.recreationaltrailsinfo.org. The RTP leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support from other sources for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and economic activity across America.
Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website.
See State by State list of all Recreational Trails Program Awards with links to individual award web pages