Recreational Trails Programs in Montana will benefit from $1.4 in funding for new trail projects planned in 2002 and 2003, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.The funding, administered by FWP with federal oversight by the Federal Highway Administration, is provided under the Transportation Equity Act.
"Priorities for this funding are development of new trails near homes and workplaces, trails that connect communities together and with the backcountry and trails that interpret unique historical or natural resource sites," said Bob Walker, FWP Trails Program Coordinator."Maintenance and rehabilitation of existing trails in the backcountry is also a priority." Walker said interested groups should get started now on preparing an application as the deadline to submit applications for this funding is November 23.
In 2000, FWP provided $714,000 to 41 different agencies and private organizations to develop new recreational trails and maintain and rehabilitate existing trails.Twelve new urban hiking and bicycle trails on city and county properties and maintenance of portions of 240 backcountry trails on federal lands.
Applications for Recreational Trails Program funds can be downloaded from FWP's web page at www.fwp.state.mt.us.To request a hard copy or additional information, call FWP at 444-4585 or 444-7642.