If your trails club or agency needs money to create, complete or maintain a recreational trail, Fish, Wildlife & Parks has money to help you get the job done!
The National Recreational Trails Fund Act has provided $7.3 million for 1998 for recreational trails development nationwide. Montana's share, $95,600, is administered by the Parks Division of FWP.
National Recreational Trails funds can be used for all types of trails -- non-motorized, motorized, multiple-use, community, rural and backcountry trails. Private trails clubs and public agencies are eligible to receive money from this program. In 1997, FWP provided $179,000 to trails projects. FWP also provides advice and assistance with trail design and management.
Grant recipients must provide 50 percent of the cost of funded projects from local sources. This can include cash or the value of volunteer labor, donated materials, equipment and supplies. The Montana State Trails Advisory Committee, comprising Montana citizens active in trails recreation, reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to FWP for the distribution of funds.
Applications for 1998 National Recreational Trail Act Funding are now available. To request an application, call the FWP State Trails Coordinator's office at 444-4585 and leave a message with your name and address.
Completed applications must be submitted to FWP by April 15, 1998.