The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, hosts an annual achievement awards program to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The winners are recognized each year in Washington, D.C. during the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Week in early June.
The awards are part of the Coalition’s ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. The annual awards ceremony is held on Capitol Hill in one of the congressional office buildings to encourage members of Congress to join us in honoring the outstanding achievements of their constituents.
Maintenance & Rehabilitation – maintaining, repairing damage to, or upgrading the quality of a trail
Construction & Design – planning and building a trail, portions of a trail (e.g., a bridge), or trail-related facilities (e.g., a trailhead, shelter, etc.)
Education & Communication – enhancing trail use and enjoyment through increased environmental awareness, promotion of trail-related safety, and encouragement of trail-related outdoor recreation
Multiple-Use Management & Corridor Sharing – facilitating and/or encouraging the use of a trail corridor by more than one type of trail enthusiast, particularly those enthusiasts that do not ordinarily share trails or trail-related facilities
Environment & Wildlife Compatibility – enhancing the protection of wildlife and/or the general environment as part of trail development and use
Accessibility Enhancement – facilitating and/or encouraging increased access to trail-related recreation opportunities for people with disabilities
Youth Conservation/Service Corps – making effective use of the services and skills of qualified youth conservation or service corps to construct and/or maintain trails
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). Read more about the current status of RTP funding on the American Trails website. The RTP returns a portion of federal gasoline taxes generated by non-highway motorized recreation to the states for trail-related purposes.
Under current legislation, the program has received: