Award-Winning Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Projects
Read more about nominating a project for the CRT Annual Achievements Awards
The Coalition for Recreational Trails sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards as part of the ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the highly successful Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Outstanding projects funded by RTP are honored at the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill the first week in June during the annual celebration for the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Month. Members of Congress will be encouraged to join us in honoring the achievements of their constituents. Awards are given in several categories:
presented every year for
outstanding representative RTP projects.
NOMINATING A PROJECT
Award winners are selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators, or other project sponsors. Projects must be completed in order to receive an award. In addition, projects completed before 2005 are ineligible. We invite you to nominate an outstanding project and to encourage the sponsor(s) of an excellent project in your state to submit a nomination as well. See award categories below.
This year, for just the second time, we are also encouraging those making nominations to solicit support from their Members of Congress— both U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators— to build awareness of excellent RTP-funded projects and the RTP program itself.
Please provide as complete an application package as possible that illustrates why this project should be recognized. You may also include photographs, brochures, articles, or other promotional materials. Electronic photos, on CD or by e-mail, are encouraged if possible.
The nomination form and any supporting materials, including pictures, should be returned by the annual deadline to the Chair of the Coalition’s Awards Committee: Duane Taylor, Director of Federal Affairs, Motorcycle Industry Council, 1235 S Clark St, Ste 600, Arlington, VA 22202. If you have any questions, contactl him at (703) 416-0444 or email@example.com.
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.
To date over 16,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country. See the RTP website for more information.
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.