Friday, March 30, 2001Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, in cooperation with trails management agencies and trail users, recently completed two documents that will chart the future of Montana's state trails.Over 300 comments were received during the public review period last fall and taken into account in the final documents.The documents will be distributed to interested parties the first week in April. Under state law, FWP must wait 15 days following this distribution before considering the documents final.
The Montana State Trails Plan provides long-term, inter-agency direction for the statewide motorized and non-motorized public trail system.Its goal is to strengthen Montana's trail network by improving cooperation among agencies, organizations and individuals; increasing availability of funds; and better meeting the needs of trail users.
The separate but related Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) recommends improvements to two trail-grant programs, administered by FWP, that allocate funding available through the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the State Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program.
The main trail uses covered in the document are hiking, off-highway motorcycling, ATV riding, cross-country skiing, bicycling, back-country 4x4 driving, and horseback riding.The 1993 Snowmobile PEIS covers snowmobile riding.
For more information on the State Trails Plan and PEIS or to request copies, contact the FWP office in Helena: Jeff Erickson at 406-444-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Bob Walker at 406-444-4585 or email@example.com.