Ninety-six Funding Ideas for Trails and Greenways
Get creative! That's the advice that successful trails activists invariably give. Finding funds for trails and conservation projects is the ultimate creative challenge. Here are some successful examples of trail and greenway funding from across the nation.
Compiled by Stuart Macdonald
$$$ -- Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado awarded $30,000 grant for youth programs
$$$ -- Trails for peace: in Northern Ireland, a new trail design and construction program will be starting work in 2006. The funder is the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Regions of Ireland. Its main aim is to "promote reconciliation and help to build a more peaceful and stable society."
$$$ -- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will receive $20 per plate from a special North Carolina license plate to support affiliated clubs in the state with training, tools, volunteer support, and other trail management. ATC member Clark Wright initiated the project and worked tirelessly with then-State Senator Joe Sam Queen to shepherd it through the legislature and the Division of Motor Vehicles.
$$$ -- In the last five years the Washington Trails Association has received over $100,000 through payroll deductions. Workplace giving allows employees to donate to charitable organizations through payroll pledges. These payroll pledges enable WTA to spend less time fundraising and more time working toward a healthier trail system. WTA is a member of Earth Share of Washington, an alliance of 65 leading conservation and environmental organizations.
$$$ -- Lincoln National Forest in southeastern New Mexico has a great partner in the NM Rails-to-Trails Association (NMRTA). Besides volunteering thousands of hours in maintaining national forest trails, the group has received over $180,000 in grants. NMRTA has also received $10,000 from the Marion Hakey estate, $5,000 from the Jerry and Patricia Johnson Foundation, and over $12,000 in services from other groups and individuals. The Johnson Foundation recently endowed NMRTA ensuring they will continue to be a positive force for trails for years to come.
$$$ -- Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort funded Trails 2000 as the 2005 Benefit Day recipient to receive all proceeds from the Colorado ski area's annual pre-opening event. Trails 2000 supports southwest Colorado community trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and making trails accessible for all people from children to seniors. The funds were used to help lease a new trail machine to help maintain and construct paths that are user friendly, sustainable, and environmentally sensitive.
$$$ -- Planet Bike markets bicycle products and believes in the "potential of the bicycle to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it." To further that goal, Planet Bike pledged $100,000 of support to the Alliance for Biking & Walking in 2006; it's a national coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations working in unison to break down the barriers to safe bicycling and walking.
$$$ -- The "All-Aboard for the Boardwalk" fundraising campaign for Millbrook Marsh Nature Center was started to fund boardwalk and trail system development. Individuals were invited to purchase one or more boards. With funding for materials in place, a project grant from the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps provided a work crew to assist maintenance staff and dedicated volunteers with the in-house construction of the boardwalk.
$$$ -- Trips for Kids Metro DC offers rides for kids in DC's Fort Dupont Park, as well as bike training and health programs. Franklin's, a truly funky restaurant, brew pub and general store in Hyattsville, MD, donated 20% of the proceeds from customers who mentioned Trips for Kids on July 11. TFK also held a Benefit Concert Night July 26 at music club DC9.
$$$ -- A national effort to restore trails in National Parks was supported by the National Park Foundation (NPF), Student Conservation Association (SCA), and a $150,000 grant from Nature Valley Granola Bars®. Funds will help restore trails in National Capital Parks (DC), Grand Teton National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The National Parks Trails Restoration Program is part of Nature Valley's ongoing partnership with the NPF. Trail crews of high school and college-aged students from across the United States were trained, and coordinated by the Student Conservation Association.
$$$ -- Bill Bliss (1935-2005) was a well-known bicycle activist and one of the founders of the San Francisco Bay Trail. To honor his life, a memorial donations account was set up in Mr. Bliss' name to help support the development of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Visit www.baytrail.org or write to P. O. Box 2050, Oakland, CA 94604.
$$$ -- Bristol Brewing Company and Palmer Lake Brewing hosted the first annual craft lager beer festival featuring beers from over 25 breweries from New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. The great news is that profits will go to the Trails and Open Space Coalition of the Colorado Springs region. The June 14 afternoon event was held in Manitou Springs Memorial Park. The $15 donation brought unlimited beer tasting plus a commemorative glass.
$$$ -- The Moving Mountains Industry Achievement Award, started in 2000 by a group of nonprofits, recognizes outstanding corporations who support the maintenance of backcountry resources. Recent winner Cascade Designs, nominated by the Washington Trails Association, donated products and helped install steps on the Snow Lake Trail. For the past five years a quarter of Cascade Designs staff has volunteered for a least a day of trail work.
$$$ -- Koobi, a Colorado Springs maker of bicycle saddles, gave $24,000 to International Mountain Bicycling Association's National Mountain Bike Leadership Fund. The two-year commitment will award $500 cash grants to 16 local clubs to help preserve trail opportunities. Pete Schweiver, Koobi CEO, said, "IMBA leads a growing and well-crafted effort to protect our trails and open spaces through its advocacy programs and long-term strategic vision."
$$$ -- Ninety-five equestrians participated in the annual 30/50 Napa Valley Endurance Ride on scenic trails of the San Francisco Bay area. Over the last seven years the ride has raised $16,000 for Skyline Park and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Jessica Tuteur, a long-time supporter of the Trail and a Skyline Park neighbor, is the organizer of the benefit ride. Information: Jessica Tuteur at (707) 258-1937 or www.napanet.net/~jessicat/home.html.
$$$ -- The New England Mountain Bike Association is sponsoring a fundraising raffle for its Land Preservation Fund to help purchase of the fabled riding area in Massachusetts known as "Vietnam." Grand Prize is a six-day mountain bike camping tour through Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks for two with Escape Adventures. To learn more about mountain bikers buying mountain bike trails visit www.nemba.org.
$$$ -- John Mueller of Sutter Equipment Company donated a new SWECO 480 Trail Dozer to the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The machine will live at Tony Boone's Arrowhead Trails facility in Salida, CO, and will be put to work at IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and trail consulting visits. For information on the Sweco: Sutter Equipment Co., 80 Chamberlain Ave., Novato, CA 94947; Phone (415) 898-5955.
$$$ -- The state of Indiana is selling license plates to promote the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration and the role the explorers played in Indiana history. The plates cost $25 plus the $15 license fee, and proceeds will be used for Lewis and Clark events and educational materials about the expedition. The plates depict a silhouette of the explorers. Information: www.LewisandClarkinClarksville.org.
$$$ -- The South Carolina Department of Transportation has launched an initiative to find funding sources to supplement Transportation Enhancements dollars. DOT Executive Director Elizabeth Mabry is on record supporting the growing demand for biking and walking trails: "I continually hear that the public wants these accommodations, not only for safety purposes, but because they improve the quality of life," she said. "They restore neighborhoods and a sense of community." One local effort underway began when the Beaufort County Council earmarked $1.6 million for trails as part of a $63 million list of road projects that could be funded through a proposed one percent local option sales tax. The proposed tax, which must be approved by voters, would last for three years. Local greenway advocates said they would support the tax if the council agreed to let a citizen-based steering committee decide how the $1.6 million would be spent.
$$$ -- Niel Everbrook, CEO of Vectren, an Indiana-based provider of natural gas and other energy, donated $15,000 to the Cardinal Greenway. The money, to be divided between the cities of Muncie, Marion, and Richmond, will be used for maintenance as well as for local extensions to the trail. "Vectren wants to be part of the community and loves supporting projects like the greenway," said Diana Roach, director of programming for the 30-mile trail. "People expect the trail to be clean and maintained just like a city park, but they don't realize we depend on volunteers and the donations of generous people to do so."
$$$ -- Emily Gregor, an active trail supporter for many years, bequeathed part of her estate to the American Hiking Society, which plans to put the funds into the AHS Endowment so that her gift can keep providing income for trail projects in perpetuity.
$$$ -- MCI/WorldCom's long distance phone service program for businesses continues to donate substantial royalties to the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Businesses that subscribe to this program receive low long distance rates, and MCI donates a royalty, based on the subscriber's phone charges, to IMBA. More than a dozen IMBA corporate supporters are currently subscribers. Information: Rod Kramer, IMBA Development Director (303) 545-9011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
$$$ -- The American Discovery Trail benefits from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, whose $2,500 Environmental Sustainability Grant is used to purchase trail markers. Contact: American Discovery Trail Society (800) 663-2387 or email@example.com.
$$$ -- The Hub Bike Shop of Aspen, Colorado, gives people an incentive to volunteer on projects. Each day a person volunteers on a Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) project, their name goes into a jar for a drawing to win a mountain bike at the end of the season. RFOV has also received free space from Basalt Mini Storage to store tools used by volunteers. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
$$$ -- The First Annual Denver Duck Derby was a benefit for the Platte River Greenway Preservation Trust. It's part of the Riverfest Festival which includes a trail relay race using different travel modes. Prizes included a year's use of a VW, airline tickets, shopping sprees, and resort weekends. Information: (303) 455-7109.
$$$ -- Clif Bar supports an on-going program to fuel trail work sessions with Clif Bars and Clif Shot. The donations go to clubs that are part of the International Mountain Bicycling Association network. They also contributed to the design and production of the IMBA Membership Handbook.
$$$ -- Trails4All of Orange County, CA, has a new "Trails4Chairs" wheelchair accessibility program, which identifies and assesses trails that could be suitable for all-terrain wheelchairs. Financial support has come from Bank of America, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the California Trails & Greenways Foundation.
$$$ -- In Durango, Colorado, the Animas River Trail is being supported by part of a 1/2 cent sales tax increase. City voters approved the tax to fund a new recreation center as well as the trail and greenway rehabilitation along the river.
$$$ -- Marin County, California, residents will have a new 11-mile trail thanks to an 800-acre land donation by Lucasfilm Ltd. A key part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the new section connects to trails that link the town of Novato with the Golden Gate Bridge. The trail will be managed by the county's Open Space District and will be open to hikers, bikes, and horses.
$$$ -- A new fiber optic cable on national forest land in Utah will help restore a historic path into the Ogden Valley. US West (now Qwest) is laying the cable along the historic trail and will provide funds and a new, gentler route for the North Ogden Divide Trail. The existing trail is four miles of rocky, 20-30 percent grades. The Utah Back Country Horsemen are working on the project with the company.
$$$ -- HIKE FOR HOPE raises money to fund a cure for women's cancers. The Desert Women's Council sponsors the 3rd Annual HIKE FOR HOPE Saturday, March 10 at Indian Canyons, Palm Springs, CA. Information: (760) 779-0151 or www.hike4hope.com
$$$ -- Weiser River Trail Board member Dick Pugh said, "We have long needed a permanent income source to supplement memberships and grants. I was very excited when a Trail member offered to initiate this fund with a gift of $20,000." The new fund has been established with the Idaho Community Foundation, which handles administration and investment of the donations, and makes the 5% annual distribution. If ownership of the trail is ever transferred to another charity or agency, the distributions will go to the new group. Information: ICF, (208) 342-3535.
$$$ -- Coffee lovers can support Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado simply by visiting their local Starbucks Coffee Shop. Starbucks has created a limited-edition "enjoy Colorado" coffee tumbler and will donate a portion of the proceeds to VOC. Information: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, (303) 715-1010. The American Discovery Trail received a grant of $12,000 from the Coleman Company, maker of outdoor recreation products. Contact: American Discovery Trail Society (800) 663-2387 or email@example.com.
$$$ -- In Colorado, Bob Ramsay honored his late wife, Kay Ramsay by donating a 177-acre property to Larimer County Open Space Program: a $325,000 gift. But he also wanted to see that an outstanding trail was built for visitors to learn more about nature and experience the magnificent scenery. So Bob also donated $121,000 to build trails, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk along the lake and wetlands. And finally, Bob spent his own time in helping construct the trails, and learned what most of us already know-- trail building is no easy task!
$$$ -- The Continental Divide Trail Alliance received $1,500 from Mountains & Rivers, an outdoor retail store in Albuquerque, from the proceeds of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This is the third consecutive year the store has hosted the event and made CDTA the beneficiary. CDTA also received a $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation after meeting a challenge of raising $1 million for trail work in Colorado. Gates awarded the funds on the basis of CDTA's Ten Year Strategic Plan to complete over 50 trail projects.
$$$ -- More than a thousand volunteer trailworkers will receive free heavy-duty work gloves thanks to a new alliance between eBay and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. eBay, the world's online marketplace, has joined IMBA as a corporate member and paid for a shipment of custom work gloves to help support and reward volunteer trailworkers.
$$$ -- The Access Fund uses membership dollars to fund projects that preserve or enhance climbing opportunities and conserve the climbing environment. Grants approved for the fourth funding cycle in 2001 totaled $29,339 and were distributed to support five separate projects organized by local climbing organizations, public agencies, and land trusts. Overall, the Access Fund provided project funding for 20 projects in 2001 totaling $70,250.
$$$ -- The Newton, Iowa, School District agreed to have a public trail on 50 acres it purchased adjacent to its high school. The district will also provide $75,000 for the construction of the school's portion of the Newton Community Campus Hike and Bike Trail.
$$$ -- The Carolina Heartlands Rail-Trail has received help from the North Carolina Corrections Department. Between 20 and 90 inmates a day have worked on clearing trees, brush, and trash from the right-of-way. The young crews, mostly first-time offenders in a bootcamp-style program, have tackled the 12.5 miles between Wadesboro and McFarlan.
$$$ -- Over $17,000 were raised for Portland Trails by the group's First Annual Giveaway/Getaway. The Portland (Maine) Marriott ballroom was the setting for food and prizes. Over 300 supporters joined elected officials and the media.
$$$ -- North Carolina Rail Trails and the Sand Hills Area Land Trust are working to acquire six miles of the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad in Harnett County. The railroad has agreed to work with the land trust for a conservation tax credit in return for donating the railroad property. Contact: Al Capehart (919) 542-0022.
$$$ -- The 13th annual KFRX Easy Pickin's Bicycle Tour in Lincoln, NE, raises funds for area trails projects. This year's Corporate Challenge honors the greatest participation by companies, organizations, and clubs. Several hundred riders pay $12 for the event. Contact: (800) 728-0856 or RodenburgR@aol.com.
$$$ -- The Stroudwater Trail in Portland, ME, benefitted from a conservation service day that placed 20 tons of crushed rock. Most of the 200-person volunteer force was made up of L. L. Bean employees.
$$$ -- Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland unveiled a new Greenways License Plate that will fund the state's Greenways Assistance Center Grant Program. The grant program will support greenways development, planning, and design for municipalities and non-profit land use organizations. For $50 an "off-the-shelf" Greenways License Plate with random numbers and letters can be purchased, from this $35 goes into the Greenways Grant fund. For $70, an existing vanity plate, low number or current plate can be transferred; from this, $50 goes into the Greenways Grant Fund. Contact: http://dmvct.org.
$$$ -- The Michigan Mountain Biking Association reports that auto maker Subaru became the official sponsor of the group for 1999, providing cash and the use of a vehicle to support trail maintenance and improvements.
$$$ -- Evansville, IN, is building a canoe launch facility as part of the city's major greenway project along Pigeon Creek. The state of Indiana put up 75% of the cost from the federal tax on motorboat fuel. State and federal officials have dedicated revenues from that tax for buying and developing public boating and fishing sites. The Pigeon Creek greenway will provide a wider range of recreation by including water trails along with paved trails.
$$$ -- The Great Plains Trails Network led the fund raising effort to buy and develop the MoPac East Trail, a 25-mile trail that extends from Lincoln east to Elmwood, NE. GPTN volunteers raised $500,000 from 4,000 individuals and corporate donors. The project builds on public support from a previous bond issue that passed with a 76% approval rate.
$$$ -- Acadia National Park will be the first to have an endowed trail system in 127 years of national parks. The Friends of Acadia are raising funds for a $13 million restoration of the National Park's 130 miles of trails. The park committed $4 million in entry fees as a challenge grant in an effort to leverage its fee-demonstration funds. Major donors insisted on a federal match for the private funds.
$$$ -- Brewers contributed their good spirits and cash to trail projects this year. In Michigan, the smooth, dark Big Ring Ale comes from the Michigan Brewing Company of Webberville. The Michigan Mountain Biking Association's Dwain Abramowski notes this "has opened another much needed source of funding."
$$$ -- Meanwhile, in Leadville, Colorado, the local Boomtown Brewpub brought kegs of a new beer to the grand opening of the Mineral Belt Trail in July. Part of the proceeds from the ongoing sale of the Mineral Belt Pale Ale will be donated for future improvements to the trail.
$$$ -- The Walkabout Comfort Shoe Store held a fundraiser for Portland Trails. For every pair of Dansko clogs, shoes, or sandals sold, Walkabout gave $3 and Dansko donated $2. Another local retailer, L. L. Bean, gave a $500 gift certificate to be given to a Portland Trails member in a random drawing.
$$$ -- Bike suspension maker RockShox provides many $250 grants for volunteer trail projects. One example is the Discovery Program of Orange, VA, which will use the funds to construct a beginner mountain bike trail, renovate a section of existing trail, and conduct a trail study that will provide recommendations to local land managers. Participants include Prospect Heights Middle School and the Walnut Creek Park Trail Volunteers. Information: Dan Vardamis of IMBA at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 545-9011
$$$ -- The Poudre River Trail near Windsor, Colorado, received help from over 200 volunteers from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Trail preparation, tree pruning, fence building, mowing, and debris removal were some of the work day accomplishments. Volunteers were treated to root beer floats at the end of the day.
$$$ -- The state of Montana received 12 miles of trail easements on 2,415 acres along the Missouri River north of the Great Falls, donated by Montana Power Co. This is a major contribution to the River's Edge Trail which extends from the city of Great Falls along the scenic route of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
$$$ -- The Share the Trails Team Triathlon is an annual event that brings equestrians, bicyclists, and hikers together in southwest Colorado. The Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango brewed a special "Share the Trails Ale" for the event. Proceeds from sales of the golden raspberry wheat beer, only $2 a pint at the brewpub, will benefit the San Juan Mountains Association, sponsor of the Triathlon. Information: Steamworks Brewing Co., 801 E. 2nd Ave., Durango CO 81301 (970) 259-9200
$$$ -- The Bay Area Ridge Trail in the San Francisco Bay area received $250,000 for trail development from the California's Department of Motor Vehicles Personalized License Plate Fund. Napa County's State Legislators were credited with providing the political support, along with Mike Miller of the county's planning department and a board member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
$$$ -- The Bay Area Ridge Trail is also a beneficiary of Earth Share of California, a coalition of environmental groups that qualify for workplace charitable giving campaigns. Employees can designate BART for their contribution, and the group will also receive a share of the undesignated contributions. Information: Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, 26 O'Farrell St., Ste. 400, San Francisco CA 94108 (415) 391-9300. On the Web at: www.ridgetrail.org
$$$ -- The American Hiking Society has started a National Trails Endowment, a fund to provide grants to hiking clubs for trail development and stewardship. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association provided a matching grant of $50,000. So far, $26,000 has been raised by just five AHS members. Information: American Hiking Society, 1322 Fenwick Ln., Silver Spring MD 20910.
$$$ -- Friends in high places: The Clinton Administration has included in its budget request $15.1 million to purchase the last privately owned sections of the Appalachian Trail. Although most of the famous hiking trail is on federal land, there has been a long-standing push to secure the remaining privately-owned parcels, mostly in Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, and Maine.
$$$ -- In Nebraska, State Senator Beutler sponsored a bicycle tax bill, LB683 a bill to collect a $2.00 fee on bicycle sales. As much as $100,000 a year would go to the trails general fund, to be used at least half for local trails projects and up to half for state trails maintenance. Trail activists were, however, unable to get the bill passed this year. Information: Rich Rodenburg, Bike Pedalers, 1353 S 33rd, Lincoln, NE 68510; (402) 474-7000; e-mail: email@example.com; or http://www.bikeped.com
$$$ -- Trails4All in Orange County, CA, has started a program to raise funds to support volunteer trail projects. Stores sell the "EnviroDollar Coupons" and some stores also match donations. Participating stores are listed in the Trails4All newsletter and their employees can win raffle items for supporting the program. Trails4All also helps stores set up a "Trails Advocacy Dept." with trail maps, sign samples, rules-of-the-trail, etc. Information: Jim Myer (714) 834-3136; e-mail: JMeyerT4A@aol.com. On the Web at: http://www.trails4all.org/
$$$ -- The Bikes Belong Coalition recently approved five grants to bicycling organizations to advance the creation of urban bike paths. The grants, ranging from $4,500 to $10,000, will help the groups obtain TEA-21 planning and construction grants of millions of dollars. The current round of grants go to:
$$$ -- Cyclists can sponsor a mile of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Mexico. The Trailblazer Fund of Adventure Cycling is raising funds for trail development at $100 a mile. Information: PO Box 8308, Missoula MT
$$$ -- The most important tool for raising funds for South Dakota's George S. Mickelson Trail has been the Bridge Builder Program. It allows individuals or businesses to adopt a bridge by helping fund its construction. To date, 72 of the trail's 97 bridges have been adopted. Bridges cost between $3,000 and $21,000 depending upon length. Information: Susan Edwards, Executive Director of the Parks and Wildlife Foundation (605) 773-4503; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
$$$ -- The Lilly Endowment provided a $4.2 million grant for the Monon rail trail and a trail along the Water Company Canal in Indianapolis. The philanthropy, which is based in the city, noted that "much of the Lilly Endowment's work in this community is dedicated to providing pleasant and agreeable public spaces for recreation."
$$$ -- The state of Illinois has a funding program derived from motor vehicle title transfer fee revenues. This provides over $5 million each year for local and state projects, primarily trails and bike paths. Contact: Illinois Dept. of Conservation; email@example.com
$$$ -- Nebraska's 23 Natural Resource Districts build and maintain a considerable mileage of trails as part of larger conservation goals. A local tax levy supports the districts, which take a watershed-based approach to protecting and managing land, water, and wildlife resources throughout the state. At least one district has also received a major ISTEA grant to aid in trail acquisition and development.
$$$ -- "Gift catalogues" are one way to publicize the many ways that trail projects need money. We've received gift catalogues recently from three trail organizations: the Eagle County Trail System and the Cache La Poudre River Trail in Colorado, and the Wood River Trails in Idaho. Contributors can purchase drinking fountains, interpretive signs, trees, wildflowers, or give to the endowment fund. You can also buy a foot of paved trail for $100 or a mile of parallel equestrian trail for $5,000. Those who would like to make a bigger impact can also restore an old railroad trestle for $30,000 or build a serious missing link of trail for $75,000.
$$$ -- A dinner and auction by Trails 2000, an advocacy group in Durango, Colorado, raised $30,000. This remarkable sum didn't come from selling water bottles. Event organizers came up with many creative donations, from paintings and photographs to airline tickets. A "Romantic Get-Away" in a bed and breakfast also included locally-made chocolates and a gift certificate to a lingerie store. (From IMBA Trail News)
$$$ -- In Iowa, the Amana Refrigeration Company gave $15,000 to Amana Colonies Trails, Inc., for trail development. The company pledged another $10,000 in matching funds.
$$$ -- In southern Indiana, the city of Evansville is the beneficiary of funding from the local Casino Aztar. The riverboat casino will give the Pigeon Creek Greenway $50,000 a year over a five-year period, and in addition is contributing $25,000 toward construction of the bike path.
$$$ -- A partnership between American Honda Motor Company and Tread Lightly! resulted in the Restoration for Recreation program. The first project restored a three mile stretch of damaged and heavily-used trails along Utah's Wasatch Front near Farmington. American Honda donated $100,000 to the program, which will target areas of multiple use that need serious restoration work. Information: Tread Lightly!, 298 24th St., Ste. 325, Ogden UT 84401; (800) 966-9900; Fax (801) 621-8633; on the Web at: www.treadlightly.org
$$$ -- Another major corporate project is the Subaru/ IMBA Trail Care Crew. During 1997 the crew travelled to 40 states and worked on more than 100 projects with local volunteers. Information: Scott Gwozdz, International Mountain Bicycling Assoc., PO Box 7578, Boulder CO 80306; (303) 545-9011; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
$$$ -- Amid much current discussion on fees, the Blaine County Recreation District in Idaho shows that the public will pay significantly for a really good groomed system of cross-country ski trails. Skiers bought over 8,000 day passes and 2,600 season passes (prices range from $70 for singles to $130 for a family) for the North Valley Trail System groomed trails. With a ski season of nearly four months, the District also provides a trail condition hotline. Information: Blaine County Recreation District, PO Box 297, Hailey ID 83333; (208) 788-2117.
$$$ -- The three-mile Russell Blvd. Bikeway in Davis, California, linking the city with the University of California campus, was funded partly with fines levied against oil companies for overcharging customers.
$$$ -- Rail trails may end up with some saleable materials to finance construction and maintenance. The Old Creamery Trail between Vinton and Dysart, Iowa, is offering railroad ties for landscaping for a "reasonable donation" to the trail fund. Fort Morgan, Colorado is considering a deal to allow a contractor to remove the railroad ballast in exchange for finish grading of the future trail.
$$$ -- A "giant pot of kielbasa" was the star when mountain bike activists in Belfast, Pennsylvania, held a fundraising concert to launch their new organization, the Jacobsburg Trail Volunteer Association. Excellent weather, fun events, great tunes, and good food brought a smashing success, according to organizer Colette Flory.
$$$ -- Two new local tax programs in Colorado are benefitting trails: in Eagle County, which includes Vail and other ski areas, voters passed a transportation tax that earmarks 10% for trails, about $300,000 a year. In Colorado Springs, 20% of a new open space sales tax is designated for trail acquisition and development. The new program is funded by a 0.1 percent sales tax which amounts to a single penny on a $10 purchase, but will add up to an estimated $5-6 million per year. For information contact Lee Milner, 1427 Sausalito Dr., Colorado Springs CO 80907; 719/471-0365
$$$ -- Friends of Central Iowa Biking Bike Garage Sale broke previous records with 43 bikes sold in 8 hours to net about $550 for advocacy and bikeway development in the community.
$$$ -- The Colorado Trail Foundation feeds hundreds of volunteers each summer on trail construction and maintenance projects. Much of the food is donated from generous companies like Krusteaz (pancake mix), Original Nut House (peanuts and trail mix), and Mrs. Sutler's Snacks (trail mix). For information, contact Pat Nagorka, Colorado Trail Food Committee Chair, 303/841-2777.
$$$ -- The Off-Highway Vehicle Volunteer Program of San Bernardino National Forest is adding a new element to their Adopt-a-Trail program. In addition to the volunteer clubs and organizations they plan to add a cash sponsor to each adopted trail. This will help dealers and other businesses show their commitment to caring for trails as well as provide funds for the tools and other expenses of the volunteers. For information contact Kristine Komar, 909/884-6634 X 3121.
$$$ -- Trek Bicycles made a $100,000 challenge to help pay for "Another Billion for Bikes"&emdash; a national lobbying campaign for bicycle project funding through ISTEA reauthorization. Bell Sports, Scott Sport Group, GT, Cannondale, Giant, and Bianchi matched Trek's challenge. For information on the campaign call 888/464-7832 or e-mail to GoISTEA@aol.com.
$$$ -- The Florida Trail Riders in the Withlacoochee State Forest took up the challenge of building a fence to separate their OHV trail from a forest access road. Suncoast Trail Blazers pledged a mile of fence and ten other clubs contributed funds and volunteer labor to complete the project, which was part of the match required for a National Recreational Trails Fund grant.
$$$ -- A Montgomery County Conservation Corps crew is assisting with efforts to clean up and restore the C&O Canal Trail after floods in recent years. The Corps is involving other conservation corps groups from elsewhere in Maryland and Washington, D. C.
$$$ -- Adventure Cycling has started a "Trailblazer" program for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. So far donors have "purchased" 216 miles of the route at $100 per mile. Proceeds will go toward developing, mapping, and publicizing the off-pavement touring route that follows the Continental Divide from Montana to New Mexico.
$$$ -- The Howell Wetlands Outdoor Education Center of Evansville, Indiana, is building a half-mile boardwalk from recycled-plastic lumber. Indiana Power and Light Co. gave $5,000. The utility has contributed $147,000 to environmentally-oriented projects in the last three years. Another $10,000 came from the Wal-Mart Foundation.
$$$ -- Another utility company involved in trails is the Salt River Project, which is helping the Arizona Trail with a $3,400 grant to produce directional and interpretive signs. Other corporate partners for the Arizona Trail are Hughes Missile Systems, BHP Copper, and Pace American, Inc.
$$$ -- A pivotal 40-acre section of the Ice Age Trail between the cities of Madison and Verona, Wisconsin, has been acquired with the help of the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association. The group's payments over 50 years for leasing 30 acres of the parcel for a soccer complex will cover a substantial part of the $600,000 acquisition.
$$$ -- Mitigation requirements for developments and highway projects are routine, but an unusual twist helped fund the Clear Creek Greenway near Golden, Colorado. After a massive beer spill into the creek by Coors Brewing Company, the brewer agreed to donate $1 million to stream projects, including a long-sought corridor for the trail.
$$$ -- Indiana drivers are paying extra for special license plates that benefit greenways open space, parks, and recreation. In 1995, about $1.9 million was netted from sales of 75,740 plates. The plates cost an additional $35, of which $25 goes to the Indiana Heritage Trust.The state of Maine also has a "loon" license plate which funds parks and wildlife. Since 1993 over 80,000 of the $20 plates have been sold.
$$$ -- In Idaho, cross-country skiers help pay for parking area plowing and trail grooming through the Park 'N' Ski program. Skiers can use 18 sites statewide by the purchase of a $15 annual sticker.
$$$ -- In Colorado's San Luis Valley the Juvenile Restitution Program has become a key source of labor for trail projects. Mountain Trails Youth Ranch supervises the young people, who have committed crimes and are required to earn money owed for damages. Several community agencies and the State Off-Highway Vehicle Program combine to support the program.
$$$ -- As part of a major training exercise, the Connecticut Army National Guard reconstructed an abandoned railroad between Vernon and Bolton. The combat engineer battalion will leave three miles of trail that will be part of the Central Connecticut Greenway system.
$$$ -- We hear so often about adjacent landowners opposing trails it's nice to hear about the other side of the coin: In Colorado Springs, the Rock Island Rail Trail is being partly funded by the Rustic Hills Improvement Association of local homeowners. Other work on the trail was done by a Boy Scout troop who cleaned up ten miles of left-over railroad ties in the corridor.
$$$ -- The frogs, geese and waters of the Alcovy River Greenway near Atlanta are making money with the help of Soundfisher Productions' Steve Hulse (404/493-8218). Hulse has hiked, canoed and boated through Georgia's wilds to record natural sounds and put them to music. His first audio portrait "Sound Journey: The Natural Sounds of Georgia," has paid for itself and now brings in $1,400 a month for Alcovy greenway.
$$$ -- In Ketchum, Idaho, local bike dealers decided to contribute $5 from each bike sale and 50¢ from each bike rental to a trail maintenance fund. To insure confidentiality of sales information, dealers send checks monthly to a CPA. The funds are divided equally between the Wood River Trail and the area's backcountry trails. It has provided good publicity for the shops in addition to helping trails.
Need trail skills and education? Do you provide training? Join the National Trails Training Partnership!
The NTTP Online Calendar connects you with courses, conferences, and trail-related training
Promote your trail through the National Recreation Trails Program
Some of our documents are in PDF format and require free Adobe Acrobat
Download Acrobat Reader
|American Trails and NTTP support accessibility with Section 508: read more.|
Updated July 10, 2009