Trails projects receive State Parks grants
DENVER - The Colorado State Parks Board has awarded over $4 million in
grants to build, maintain, plan and support volunteer programs for
motorized trails throughout Colorado in 2011. The board also approved
more than $1.7 million in grants for recreational trail projects for
multi-use non-motorized trails.
The grants for the motorized trail projects were funded solely by the
sale of off-highway vehicle registrations and will pay for managing,
operating, posting signs, planning and maintaining OHV routes, education
programs, maps, and trail maintenance equipment. In the 2010-11 season,
an estimated 132,000 off-highway vehicles will be registered with
owners paying $25.25 each.
Funding for the non-motorized trail grants came from GOCO, Great
Outdoors Colorado; the Colorado Lottery; the Federal Highway
Administration's Recreational Trails Program; and the U.S. Interior
Department's Land and Water Conservation Fund. GOCO, the single largest
source of grant money, provided $1 million of the total awarded through
its share of the Lottery proceeds.
The board adopted the grant recommendations of the nine-member volunteer
Colorado State Trails Committee. The committee is appointed by the
parks board and includes a representative from each of the seven
congressional districts, one at-large member each from the off-highway
vehicle and snowmobile community, and one member from the GOCO Board.
The committee reviewed 63 motorized trail grant requests for $6 million
in funding, and 43 applications requesting more than $4 million for the
The motorized grants were awarded to 47 projects, with $2.53 million
going toward projects on U.S. Forest Service trails and $630,320 for
Bureau Land Management trails. Additional grants were awarded to the
Responsible Recreation Foundation, Trails Preservation Alliance,
multiple OHV clubs and others.
The funds will enable trail crews to perform maintenance work, install
signs, build bridges, construct reroutes, improve trailheads, and make
public contacts. The roads and trails are multi-use routes, so all
improvements benefit both motorized and non-motorized users.
The 19 non-motorized grants were awarded to city and county governments,
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, SLV
Recycles (a Nordic skiing group), the Bureau of Land Management, Boulder
Mountainbike Alliance, Colorado Youth Corps Association and the Sand
Creek Regional Greenway Partnership.
Projects include $1.34 million for building and maintaining large
trails, $183,283 for small trails and $181,237 for planning new trails
and supporting volunteer efforts. The recipients of the largest grants
were the City of Fruita, City of Colorado Springs and ECO Trails Program
of Garfield County, which each received $200,000 grants for trail
projects. The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative received $199,780 and the
USDA Forest Service Gunnison Ranger District was awarded $197,164.
To see a complete list of the motorized trail project grants, go to
grants are listed at http://parks.state.co.us/Trails/Grants/.
For more information on Colorado State Parks, visit www.parks.state.co.us.