Funding to create, complete, renovate or maintain recreational trails in Montana is available from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Montana's portion of the Recreational Trails Program funding over the next two years totals $1.4 million. FWP's Parks Division administers these federal funds with advice from the citizen's State Trails Advisory Committee.
Recreational Trails funds can be used for all types of trails including non-motorized, motorized, multiple use, community, rural and backcountry. Private trail clubs and public agencies are eligible to receive money from this program. Earlier in 2001, FWP provided $714,000 to 41 trail projects. The department also provides advice and assistance with trail design and management.
Grant applications can be downloaded beginning July 30 from FWP's web page at www.fwp.state.mt.us, then click on Parks. To request a hard copy, call FWP at 444-4585 or 444-7642 and leave a message with your name and address.
Applications must be submitted to FWP by November 23, 2001.