Award-Winning Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Projects
Download the current Nomination Form for CRT Annual Achievements Awards (MS Word 39 kb)
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 in June of each year. Members of Congress will be encouraged to join us in honoring the achievements of their constituents.
As an additional benefit, American Trails makes a web page for each winning project. See the 2013 Awards and see the 96 award pages we have created since 2003. We hope you will join us in this important effort to recognize the significant contributions to our nationwide system of trails and greenways that the Recreational Trails Program is supporting all across the country. Awards are given in several categories:
presented every year for
outstanding projects funded by the RTP
NOMINATING A PROJECT
Download the current Nomination Form for Annual Achievements Awards (MS Word 39 kb)
Award winners will be selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators or other project sponsors. Projects must be completed in order to receive an award. See State by State listing of all RTP Awards.
You can check FHWA's online Recreational Trails Program Database to find projects and to be sure your project included RTP funding. Please note: Data collection is an ongoing effort and data is regularly being entered into the database as it is received from the States, District of Columbia, and other sources. Should you need assistance with the RTP Database, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. A nomination form is enclosed for your use. We are also again 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. Additional information can be found on the nomination form.
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 18,000 projects have been funded, creating and enhancing recreational trails for millions of trail enthusiasts across the country. See the RTP website for more information and see FHWA's online Recreational Trails Program Database to find projects.