News Release 294

Fifteen Missouri trail projects receive federal grants

Volume 39-294 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today that 15 trail projects in Missouri will receive approximately $1,372,623 in 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.

“Missouri is blessed with abundant natural resources. It is important to provide support to help enhance these resources and protect them for future generations to enjoy,” said Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “These trails bring opportunities for families, health and fitness and they serve as recreational arteries for our communities.”

The 15 grant recipients were chosen from 24 applications and were 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. 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. Our department is proud to be a part of this effort,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Following is a list of Recreational Trails Program grant recipients, along with a list of non-motorized, motorized and educational RTP trail projects and their grant amounts.

2012 RTP Non-Motorized Trail Projects:
 Missouri State Parks, Missouri State Parks Trail Projects, $341,551, Statewide.
 Show-Me Back Country Horsemen, Blair Creek Equestrian Trailhead and Trail in Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry, $10,184, Shannon County.
 Council for Healthy Dent County, Tiger Trail Construction at Salem R-80 School District, $100,000, Dent County.
 Ozark Trail Association, Berryman Trail Improvements on the Ozark Trail, $63,545, Crawford County.
 City of Fenton Parks and Recreation Department, Meramec Greenway Trail Extension, $99,996, St. Louis County.
 City of Vienna, Tackett Trail Construction at Vienna City Park, $100,000, Maries County.
 City of Milan, Leslie Trail Construction at Milan City Park, $98,938, Sullivan County.
 City of Cameron Parks Department, Cameron Reservoir Multi-Use Trail, $100,000, DeKalb County.
 Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry, McKay Park Greenway Connection, $100,00, Cole County.
 City of Warsaw, Steam Boat Landing Phase II Project, $99,517, Benton County.

2012 RTP Educational Trail Projects:
 Missouri Parks and Recreation Association, Missouri Trails Educational Website, $25,000, Statewide.
 Ozark Regional Land Trust, Forever Katy: Protecting Farms, Forests and the Trail’s Scenic Beauty Educational Project, $18,900, Statewide.
2012 RTP Motorized Trail Projects:
 U.S. Forest Service/Mark Twain National Forest, Chadwick Trail Maintenance and Renovation Project, $96,884, Christian County.
 Friends of St. Joe State Park, Motorized Trails and Equipment Maintenance Project, $27,300, St. Francois County.
 Missouri Dirt Riders Inc., Motorized Equipment Purchase, $90,808, St. Francois County.

For more information about the Recreational Trails Program, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks at 573-751-5374 or visit mostateparks.com/page/55065/outdoor-recreation-grants.

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