CRT Annual Achievement Awards - 2018

The awards ceremony hosted by CRT member organizations was held in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by CRT member organizations was held in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building.

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.

Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Horseshoe Bend Park Trail Restoration - New Jersey

The trail system was in critical need of erosion control, raised walkways, and small bridges to enable the broadest number of people to use the trails year round, while protecting water quality and habitat.

Construction and Design

Ouachita National Recreation Trail Shelters - Arkansas and Oklahoma

The Friends of the Ouachita Trail, using primarily volunteer labor, completed 12 shelters along the western end of the trail, which spans the two states. Users include hikers, backpackers, hunters, and mountain bikers.

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Wildcat Rock Trail - North Carolina

Construction involved professional trail contractors, youth service crews, and community volunteer groups. The three-mile trail is a segment of the 20-mile Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail that will circumnavigate the community of Gerton.

Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use

McPhee Overlook Trail - Colorado

This project required an easement across private property to access the San Juan National Forest. Labor was provided by the Southwest Conservation Corps, Southwest Colorado Cycling Association, and Mesa Verde Backcountry Horsemen, with additional funding from the National Forest Foundation.

Community Linkage

Drake Harbor Recreation Area - Missouri

The City of Warsaw and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked together to create an accessible pedestrian and bicycle accessible connection between downtown Warsaw and the trail system in the Drake Harbor Recreation Area.

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Brule River Bridge - Wisconsin

The project connects the 89-mile Nicolet State Trail in Wisconsin to the 107-mile State Line Trail in Michigan. Trails are open to snowmobiling, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, all-terrain vehicles, and off-highway motorcycles.

Education and Communication

Spearhead Trails - Virginia

Over 1,000 kids annually complete a trail safety program sponsored by Spearhead Trails, and the project promotes trail-related outdoor recreation by opening private lands and linking trail systems to communities.

Accessibility Enhancement

Camp Creek Greenway - Georgia

The project creates a continuous barrier-free route in Gwinnett County’s Lions Club Park and connects that loop to the accessible path and boardwalk along the City of Lilburn’s Camp Creek Greenway.

Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach

Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming

Project sponsor Wyoming Conservation Corps partnered with Wyoming Pathways and the Medicine Bow National Forest to build and maintain sustainable trails in the high-use Pole Mountain area.

Enhancement of Federal Lands

Rim Butte OHV Trails - Oregon

Deschutes County 4 Wheelers are providing volunteer time and donations to develop a system of designated technical four-wheel drive trails in cooperation with the Deschutes National Forest.

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee

Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee

The 20-member Committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises the commonwealth on use of state and federal trail funding, and serves as an effective voice for trail interests in state trail policies and programs.