The awards ceremony hosted by CRT member organizations was held in Washington, DC on Tuesday - June 11, 2019 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building.

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2019 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 Tuesday - June 11, 2019 at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building.

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.

2019 Engaging Public-Sector Partners

Duck River Reservoir Recreation Area

The Tim Scott Trail has a total length of 21.8 miles and includes two pedestrian bridges over the scenic Duck River.

2019 Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach

Lassen Peak Trail

The Lassen Peak Trail, located in the Lassen National Park in Northern California, is a historic trail that existed before the 1914-1917 spectacular series of eruptions of Mt. Lassen.

2019 Education and Communication

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) – Montana

Based in Bozeman, Montana, the GNFAC covers an area of approximately 1,720 square-miles, including the Bridger, Gallatin, and Madison Ranges, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone, and the mountains around Cooke City.

2019 Community Linkage

Ramanessin Brook Greenway Trails

The Ramanessin Brook Greenway Trails Project consisted of the rehabilitation and enhancement of existing trails along with the development and construction of a new trail, all on Holmdel Township’s open space and all part of a connected trail system that links one end of the township with another.

2019 Accessibility Enhancement

Sassafras Mountain – South Carolina

At 3,553 feet, Sassafras Mountain soars at the border with North Carolina, and offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These long-awaited projects were completed in early 2019 and the Peak Trail and observation tower officially opened to the public on April 22, 2019 (Earth Day).

2019 Outstanding State Trail Program

Vermont

Vermont continues to carry out effective management of RTP projects and grants and has demonstrated excellence in its financial accountability. Vermont has had success in audits. Vermont ensures projects are completed in a timely manner and then closed out. And Vermont has done this by establishing, evaluating, and implementing effective operating systems.

2019 Construction and Design

Weed Patch Mountain Trail

The Weed Patch Mountain Trail (WPM Trail) is a 8.6 mile multi-use backcountry trail implemented with state-of-the-art sustainable design and construction to offer a world class user experience in the Hickory Nut Gorge to hikers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers.

2019 Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

Mount Emily Recreation Area – Oregon

The 3,670 acre Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) was purchased by Union County in 2008 with Oregon State ATV funds after a successful grassroots drive to keep the formerly private timberland from being subdivided into 240 acre parcels.

2019 Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use

Pole Mountain Trails

Located between Laramie and Cheyenne, the 55,000-acre Pole Mountain Unit on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is a treasured resource for outdoor recreation and trails. Pole Mountain provides the closest public lands to these two large Wyoming communities, and increasingly is a destination for visitors from the Colorado front range and travelers along Interstate 80.

2019 Access to and Use of Public Land

Palmetto Trail Extension at Stumphouse Mountain – South Carolina

Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park includes 1.5 miles of the mountains-to-sea Palmetto Trail, Stumphouse Passage, and 2.5 more miles of state-of-the-aft mountain biking trail, for a total of 4 miles. The park is adjacent to the Stumphouse Tunnel and picturesque Issaqueena Falls, two well-known Oconee County tourist attractions.

2019 Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Stage Coach Trail Improvements - Vermont

Stage Coach Trail Improvements provided unrestricted multi-user recreational access to the area.

2019 Enhancement of Federal Lands

Diversified Winter Trail Grooming – Wyoming

The ‘2017 Diversified Winter Trail Grooming’ project provided trail grooming for snowmobile trails in Wyoming that are also heavily used by a wide range of other winter recreationists.