News Release 092

Southwestern Missouri receives nearly $50,000 for recreation trail projects

Volume 39-092 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 5, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected two trail projects in southwestern Missouri to receive funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration. In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

"All across Missouri, trails not only provide recreational and educational opportunities, they also are major outdoor attractions that strengthen communities and enhance the local economy," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "These grants, and the trails they will help build, represent solid partnerships between the state and the community organizations to benefit better physical and emotional health, smarter minds and stronger economies."

The grant recipients were among 32 trail projects selected based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups. The grants were awarded based on the results of a competitive scoring process and the application’s suitability under funding provisions included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users or SAFETEA-LU. At least a 20 percent match is required by the applicant. A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.

"Many of these trails provide a way to explore scenic parts of Missouri as well as provide opportunities for healthy recreation, which supports Governor Nixon's initiative to Get Outdoors," said Bill Bryan, director of the department's Division of State Parks. "On behalf of Gov. Nixon and the Department of Natural Resources, we are proud to be a part of this effort."

Following is a list of Recreational Trails Program grant recipients, trail projects and their grant amounts.

2010 RTP Non-Motorized Trail Projects:

Prairie State Park, Mindenmines in Barton County - $12,450 for trail bridges and
gates.

Southwest City Parks and Recreation, McDonald County -$37,035 for the Honey Creek Trail.

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