The following is an industry press release ...
Washington, D.C. — Eleven trail projects and a State Recreational Trails Program have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its 2019 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards.
The awards—named for former U.S. Representative Tom Petri (WI)—recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These projects will be honored at a Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 11 at a Great Outdoors Month event.
The trail projects honored by the CRT and the award categories are:
- Mount Emily Recreation Area (Oregon) – Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
- Ramanessin Brook Greenway Trails Project (New Jersey) – Community Linkage
- Stage Coach Trail Improvements (Vermont) – Maintenance and Rehabilitation
- Sassafras Mountain Trail (South Carolina) – Accessibility Enhancement
- Pole Mountain Trail Project (Wyoming) – Public-Private Partnerships
- Palmetto Trail Extension - Stumphouse Mountain (South Carolina) --Enhancing Access to/Use of Public Lands
- Weed Patch Mountain Trail (North Carolina) – Construction and Design
- Lassen Peak Trail (California) – Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
- Diversified Winter Trail Grooming (Wyoming) – Enhancement of Federal Lands
- Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (Montana) – Education and Communication
- Duck River Reservoir Recreation Area (Alabama) – Engaging Public-Sector Partners
CRT also will present the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation with its 2019 Achievement Award for Outstanding State Recreational Trails Program. The state award winner is nominated by the National Association of State Park Directors Awards Committee—particularly appropriate because in most states, the state park agency administers the RTP.
The Recreational Trails Program
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the RTP website for more information (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks. A database of the more than 24,500 projects funded by the RTP since its inception in 1991 can be found at www.recreationaltrailsinfo.org.