We are excited to announce the winners of our 2022 Trail Fund grants. In our inaugural year, we funded a total of $50,424 directly to seven projects. These projects will be returning a 5 to 1 investment through matching funds.

Click on the project name below for more details. View the awarded projects at-a-glance and total cost of funded projects.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

Ridge Trail Service Day 2022

Amount Awarded: $7,000.00

On Saturday, November 5, 2022 the Bay Area Ridge Trail will partner with their local parks and land managers to host a myriad of volunteer trail work parties to build, maintain, and restore top-priority trail sections (totaling over 12 miles of trail) of the Ridge Trail in a variety of trail locations within the nine-county region of the greater Bay Area in California.

Friends of Panthertown

Panthertown Valley Trail Maintenance & Stewardship Training Project

Amount Awarded: $5,000.00

Stewardship training will be provided to local individuals, and upon successful completion of their trails skills training and maintenance work, these individuals will be invited to join the Friends of Panthertown Stew Crew as trail stewards and ambassadors in Panthertown Valley in the Nantahala National Forest in Glenville, North Carolina.

Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)

Stewardship Training at the 2022 Multi-Day National Trails Workshop

Amount Awarded: $5,000.00

The 2022 National Trails Workshop will provide training to 200 to 300 current and novice trail stewards and bring them together for peer exchange and networking, many of whom will bring skills back to local trails to teach colleagues and volunteers.

River Revitalization Foundation

Westabrook Trail Bridge Construction

Amount Awarded: $5,000.00

A new bridge will be built that will connect two trails on the west bank of the Milwaukee River adjacent to the Estabrook Falls on the Westabrook Trail in the Milwaukee River Greenway in Glendale, Wisconsin. This project will bring in 50 volunteers improve three miles of trails within a larger 28 mile trail system along 6 miles of the Milwaukee River.

West Virginia University Research Corporation

Measuring Specialization, Preferences, Economic Impact, and Benefit Attainment of Mountain Bike Trail Riders in the US

Amount Awarded: $8,424.00

This national research will apply the Recreation Specialization construct to mountain bike trail users for the first time to fill a gap in the literature and to help managers match diverse participants with the appropriate trails. This national study will also examine the economic impact of mountain biking, and the methodology and data will be used as baselines for future studies at smaller scales.

Wild Alabama

Wild Alabama Connecting People to their Wild Places in Alabama!

Amount Awarded: $10,000.00

This project will involve the organization of 150+ volunteers to do trail work on the following trails: 138 miles of the Pinhoti Trail (the longest trail in Alabama) that is within the Talladega National Forest, 50+ miles of trails within the Sipsey Wilderness area, and 20+ miles of trails within the Cheaha Wilderness area.

Wozu, Inc.

Cannonball Bike Trails

Amount Awarded: $10,000.00

Funding will be used to purchase equipment to provide trail maintenance to help keep trails open for year-round use (including snow trails), in and around the community of Cannonball, North Dakota and along the historic Cannonball River, which is on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.