The State Trails Advisory Committee will review $2 million in trail grant applications at its April 10-11 meeting in Helena.
The Recreational Trails Program, administered in Montana by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, provides funds for construction, improvements and maintenance of recreational trails.
"The committee's task will be challenging this year," said Bob Walker, State Trails Programs Coordinator for FWP. "We received a total of 108 applications requesting $2,130,000." Project sponsors include cities, counties, state and federal agencies and private trail clubs and associations.
The national Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. Funds come from federal gas taxes paid for gas used in off-highway vehicles. Montana's allocation for grants is $486,000. Of this, 30 percent is guaranteed for non motorized trails, 30 percent for motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified use. All trail enthusiasts can benefit from this program.
The State Trails Advisory Committee meeting will be held at FWP headquarters in Helena beginning on April 10 at 10 a.m. For more information, call the FWP Trails Program office at 444-4585.