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    2014 Recreational Trails Program Grants Awarded - Wide Diversity of Trail Projects Funded

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    (Helena, MT) –Montana State Parks ( announced today that 58 trail organizations, communities, and various land-managing agencies throughout Montana will receive federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant awards for projects in 2014.

    A record 89 RTP applications were received this year from a variety of eligible applicants, including federal and state agencies, towns, cities, counties, and private clubs and organizations.  

    The Recreational Trails Program awards total approximately $1,600,000 in federal funds. The funds are appropriated to the states in the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)  legislation passed by Congress.  MAP-21 legislation expires on September 30, 2014 after which Congressional action is needed to continue funding this program.

    "The Recreational Trails Program makes a tremendous difference for so many communities and trail enthusiasts across Montana," said Beth Shumate, Trails Program Manager for Montana State Parks.  "The fact that RTP is one of the only programs to remain as a stand-alone program with dedicated funding in MAP-21 validates the strong local and national support for funding recreation and trails."

    The RTP Program awards grants through an annual competitive application process. Projects can range from construction and maintenance of trails, development of trailside and trailhead facilities, ethics and avalanche education and trainings, and interpretive programs.

    A list of the successful 2014 Recreational Trails Program grant recipients is available here:

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    Betsy Kirkeby
    Public Relations Specialist,
    Montana State Parks
    (406) 444-3343