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The federal RTP legislation defines a recreational trail as: A thoroughfare or track across land or snow, used for recreational purposes including, but not limited to, such uses as bicycling, Nordic (cross-country) skiing, day hiking, equestrian activities, jogging or similar fitness activities, trail biking, overnight and long distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, dog sledding, running, snowmobiling, aquatic or water activity and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all terrain, off-road vehicles.

Diversify your project by combining eligible project categories:

• Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails;

• Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages;

• Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction and maintenance equipment;

• Construction of new recreational trails (with restrictions on new trails on federal land);

• Acquisition of easements or property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors;

• State administrative costs related to program administration (up to 7% of a state’s funds); and

• Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection as those objectives related to the use of recreational trails (up to 5% of a state’s funds).

Links to the legislation for additional reference can be found at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rt-tea21.htm.

Betsy Bowe is grants and regulatory affairs manager for Environmental Design Group Inc., Akron, Ohio. For questions or comments, contact Betsy at (330) 375-1390 or e-mail bbowe@2edg.com.

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