Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its "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 have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails as recipients of its thirteenth Annual Achievement Awards as part of the annual celebration for the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Month.
The trail programs and project sponsors 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). 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). 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 continued funding of the RTP. Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website.
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 RTP, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The 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. For more information about CRT and its members, go to: www.funoutdoors.com/coalitions/crt.
See State by State list of all CRT Awards with links to individual award web pages