Coalition for Recreational Trails



Award-winning trail projects and programs funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration


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Amy Sovocool, Vice President, Conservation Legacy (Center) with Derrick Crandall
and Marianne Fowler of CRT


Winners have been announced for the 2017 Tom Petri 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, DC on June 14, 2017 at U.S. House of Representatives offices.

Attending the event were Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), and former Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) as well as several other Congressional staff, and representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Representing CRT were Marianne Fowler and Derrick Crandall, Co-Chairs, and Duane Taylor, Vice Chair and Awards Committee Chair.

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 2017 are listed below by category of award:


Talisi Riverwalk Trail Extension - Alabama

Accessibility Enhancement


Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach


Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Trail - Delaware and Maryland

Enhancement of Federal Lands


Alaka'i Swamp Trail - Hawaii

Maintenance and Rehabilitation

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New bridge on the Middle Fork Trail in Oregon


Mountains-to-Sea State Trail/Fonta Flora State Trail Connector - North Carolina

Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use


Middle Fork National Recreation Trail Improvements Project - Oregon

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing


Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Pennsylvania

Construction and Design


Woodruff Greenway Trail - South Carolina

Education and Communication


Black River Falls Motorized Access Trail - Wisconsin

Community Linkage


Rountree Branch Trail - Wisconsin

Engaging Public-Sector Partners


Arizona State Parks and Trails

Outstanding State Trail Program


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— less than one third— of the motor fuel excise tax paid into the Trust Fund from nonhighway recreational fuel use. Since 1993, more than 22,000 RTP-funded projects have been funded nationwide and are documented on the RTP database: 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.


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