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.
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.
Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
Through the Ancestral Lands program, Conservation Legacy supports trail improvement on the Mogollon Rim in the Coconino National Forest while providing jobs and experience for local Native American youth.
This project involved expansion of the Talisi Riverwalk in the city of Tallassee for safe walking and biking and greater accessibility.
Enhancement of Federal Lands
Construction of a 14.5-mile recreation trail in Delaware and Maryland along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Maintenance and Rehabilitation
A major rehabilitation and boardwalk replacement project to preserve access on the Alaka'i Swamp Trail.
Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use
Construction of a 3.0-mile hiking and mountain biking trail that traverses the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands to connect a proposed 30-mile loop trail around Lake James.
Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
New bridges, trail reroutes, and improvements to the 27-mile riverside trail that included elimination of unsafe crossings for equestrian users.
Construction and Design
Constructing a Trailhead Event Area for the off-highway vehicle park that includes an open pavilion, space for vendors, rest rooms, and all-weather storage for trail maintenance equipment.
Education and Communication
Development of a .82 mile 8-foot wide asphalt trail including two pedestrian bridges that connects the Woodruff Leisure Center to the Woodruff Middle School.
Engaging Public-Sector Partners
This project engaged several partners to complete a trail connection from the Platteville community to the University of Wisconsin campus, fixed infrastructure issues, and paved and lighted the entire three-mile corridor.
Improving access for off-highway vehicle recreation and other trail users by constructing three miles of new trail and an underpass beneath a four-lane State highway.
Outstanding State Trail Program
The Arizona Program reflects a dynamic cultural shift that includes all of the components of a model program which is user driven.