WASHINGTON — The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) presented 10 trail projects and a State Trail Program with its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards June 14 at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month.
The awards, named after former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri, a long-time champion of the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP), recognize outstanding use of RTP funds.
RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the federal gasoline taxes paid for fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks. Since 1993, the RTP had funded more than 22,000 projects for both motorized and nonmotorized trail use.
The CRT recognized the trail projects for excellence in a number of award categories, including maintenance and rehabilitation, construction and design, public-private partnerships, use of youth conservation/service corps and enhancement of federal lands.
The CRT also recognized the State of Arizona for the outstanding use of RTP funds by a state trail program.
The full list of categories and award winners is available at funoutdoors.com.
Several members of Congress joined in the presentation of the awards, along with Mike Castle, who is the former governor of Delaware and a former U.S. representative.
For more information on the Coalition for Recreational Trails, visit www.funoutdoors.com/crt.
To learn more about RTP projects in various states, visit www.recreationaltrailsinfo.org.
SOURCE: American Recreation Coalition press release