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Is Montana doing enough to maintain its own outdoor heritage and build a legacy for future generations?
A study shows that from 2014 to 2018, there was a $6.8 million gap between trail projects proposed to RTP and funding awarded.
A study by Headwaters Economics and the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project raises the question, "is Montana doing enough to maintain its own outdoor heritage and build a legacy for future generations?" Despite overwhelming support by Montanans for conservation and outdoor recreation, the State has unmet needs totaling millions of dollars per year in wildlife management, state parks, and trails. The study looks at lessons learned from other State's funding programs to propose strategies for Montana.
Published July 01, 2019
This February and March, over 120 advocates virtually hiked the halls of Congress to call for action to protect and expand access for all to public lands and trails. These efforts, led by the Partnership for the National Trails System and American Hiking Society, developed a series of common messages and legislative priorities for the coming Federal fiscal year. We encourage all of our partners to download the Hike the Hill materials now to help build a common agenda for the entire trails community.
The reemergence of earmarks in the infrastructure and appropriations process in Congress is creating huge opportunity for trail projects that are ready to go.
Welch and Curtis Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Funding for Recreational Trails -- HR 1864
These recommendations have been jointly developed for Hike the Hill regarding FFY 2022 asks and justifications for Federal agency budgets affecting trails and outdoor recreation opportunities.