Award-winning trail and greenway projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program
Winners have been announced for the 2015 "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 10, 2015 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 trail programs and project sponsors honored for 2015 are listed below by category of award:
Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Construction and Design
Joanna Trail Project
Construction and Design
Montana OHV Maintenance
Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use
Val Reiss Park Multi-Use Trail
Blue Tree Trail System
Education and Communication
Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Rotary Park - Phase 2 Accessible Trail
Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
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 1998 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the 2005 "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) continued the RTP as a set-aside of funds through the Transportation Alternatives Program.
Many groups are working for continued funding of the RTP. Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website.
See State by State list of all CRT Awards with links to individual award web pages