Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program
The Coalition for Recreational Trails has announced the winners of the Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2013 at U.S. House of Representatives offices.
Seven trail projects and two State programs honored for 2013 are listed below by category of award:
Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Construction and Design - Local
Education and Communication
School Messaging Project (Minnesota) - Coalition for Recreational Trail Users; National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Longleaf Trace Equestrian Trail Improvements and Extension (Mississippi) - Pearl & Leaf Rivers Rails-to-Trails Recreational District
Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Leicester Hollow Loop Trail (Vermont) - Green Mountain National Forest; Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Vermont Youth Conservation Corps; Vermont Mountain Bike Association; Moosalamoo Association
Joining the winners from West Virginia and Wisconsin are two leaders
from the U.S. Congress, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV, third from left)
and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI, third from right)
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 (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: 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). A series of extensions has continued the surface transportation funding authority.
To date over 17,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country. See the online database of projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program. American Trails and organizations across the country are working together to build awareness and understanding of the RTP, to support its effective implementation and to help ensure that it receives adequate funding. For more information on the Recreational Trails Program, and projects funded in all 50 states, see www.AmericanTrails.org.
See State by State list of all RTP Awards with links to individual award web pages