Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Off-Highway Vehicle Program (OHV) grant applications for the current grant cycle which closed on February 1, 2017. Public comment is accepted through Friday, March 17th at 5pm.
Montana’s Recreational Trails Program received 69 grant applications with requests totaling approximately $2.6 million. For the current RTP grant cycle, approximately $1.4 million in funding is available. The OHV program has approximately $110,000 available and received 12 grant applications totaling over $170,000 in project requests.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded program administered by Montana State Parks. RTP projects include development and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; planning and construction of community trails; snowmobile and cross-country ski trail maintenance and grooming operations; and a variety of trail stewardship and safety education programs.
The Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program is funded through appropriations from the State Legislature. These funds come from 1/8 of 1% of the state gas tax, registration decal fees, and non-resident permit fees. The OHV Program relies on partnerships between private clubs and public land management agencies and is assisted in grant decision-making by the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee (OHVAC), which consists of OHV users and land managers.
For a list of all trails grant applications under consideration, visit stateparks.mt.gov/recreation and click on ‘Recreational Trails Program’ or ‘Off-Highway Vehicle Program’. Copies of individual RTP applications are available by request at (406) 444-4585. Copies of OHV applications can be requested by calling (406)-444-7642.
Public Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 17, 2017. To comment online visit stateparks.mt.gov and click on “Public Comments”.
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