FWP SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE AND SUMMER MOTORIZED TRAIL PASS GRANT PROGRAM PROPOSED AWARDS
By angelamontana

Posted: June 15, 2021

HELENA – Staff at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on proposed awards for the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program’s and Summer Motorized Trail Pass (SMTP) Grant Program’s 2021 application cycles. Public comment on the programs’ proposed awards is open through Wednesday, July 14, at 5 p.m.

Montana’s OHV Program provides grant funding for OHV safety, ethics and education, resource maintenance, protection and improvement projects. The grant funding is administered by FWP and allocated with review based on individual application scores and recommendations from the citizen-based Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee (OHVAC).

The new SMTP Grant Program provides grant funding to OHV clubs and organizations for resource maintenance, protection, signage and the improvement of federally designated motorized trails and riding areas in Montana. Funding for the grant program comes from revenues from the sale of the OHV Resident Trail Pass. The grant funding is administered by FWP and allocated with review based on individual application scores and recommendations from the OHVAC.

This application cycle, approximately $525,000 in grant funding was available for award. FWP proposes to award 13 funding requests totaling $201,888 through the OHV Grant Program and five funding requests totaling $316,199.00 through the SMTP Grant Program.

A complete list of the proposed OHV Grant Program awards is available online at: fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/grant-programs/off-highway-vehicle. Click on the “2021 Grant Application Cycle” tab. Public comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. To comment, email FWPRecreationalTrails@mt.gov and include “OHV” in the email subject line.

A complete list of the recommended SMTP grant awards is available online at: fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/grant-programs/summer-motorized-trail-pass. Click on the “Application Grant Overview, Guidelines and Scoring Criteria” tab. Public comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.  To comment, email FWPRecreationalTrails@mt.gov and include “SMTP” in the email subject line.

For more information, contact Michelle McNamee, FWP’s outdoor recreation program manager,  Michelle.mcnamee@mt.gov.

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