By Paul Elliot
At a recent meeting the North Carolina Trails Committee recommended funding trails projects across the state. The funding comes from over $1.8 million dollars in Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) money that is available to North Carolina this year. The recommendations have been forwarded to the Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and are awaiting final approval. This year's awards recognized the growing need for more mountain bike trails across the state. I'm happy to say that four applications representing trails systems across the state were funded. The applicants, trail systems and RTP grant amount are as follows:
Additionally, the N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation is adding new mountain bike trail systems at Lake James and Medoc Mountain State Parks. These trails are being funded with State Recreation Trust Fund money.
The best way to ensure that the State Trails Committee continues to recommend funding for mountain bike trails is to make sure the committee is aware of the solid partnerships formed by local clubs and land managers. Please forward this message to other clubs and club officers in the state of North Carolina so that they can understand the importance of communicating their partnerships to the State Trails Committee.
If you have any questions regarding RTP funding and trails in your area please don't hesitate to email me. If your club needs help with advocacy, I recommend that you email Tom Sauret, Regional Director for IMBA and Executive Director of SORBA.