Twelve trail projects and programs have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its 2020 Tom Petri Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Awards. The awards – honoring former U.S. Representative Tom Petri (WI) – recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These projects will be honored at a live virtual ceremony on October 22 with participation by award recipients and key trails champions, including Members of Congress.
View Award winners below.
Unlike previous years, there will not be an in-person awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. but, there will be an online “virtual” ceremony on October 22, at 2:00PM Eastern. Please join us as we honor these outstanding projects! Special guests, including Members of Congress will once again be invited to participate in the online celebration.
To watch the CRT Awards Ceremony on October 22 at 2 PM EDT on Facebook Live visit: http://rtc.li/rtpawards2020 just prior to the start of the event. To find out more about CRT and the RTP visit www.rectrails.org.
The trail projects honored by the CRT and award categories are:
- Pine Street Woods (Idaho) – Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
- Gwinnett Countywide Trails Master Plan (Georgia) – Community Linkage
- Cal-Ida Connector Trail (California) – Maintenance and Rehabilitation
- Boardwalks and Observation Deck Rehab/Replacement (South Carolina) – Accessibility Enhancement
- Trailhead and Trail Construction in the Shawnee National Forest (Illinois) – Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
- Thurston Hills Natural Area Trail Project (Oregon) – Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
- Milan Trail Huggers Nash Stream Bridge (New Hampshire) – Construction and Design
- Blue Ridge Tunnel Rehabilitation and Trail Project (Virginia) – Construction and Design
- Monadnock Trail Improvement Project (New Hampshire) – Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
- Nevada’s Outdoor School’s Outdoor Ethics Program (Nevada) – Education and Communication
- Sam Houston National Forest—Eastside Multi-Use Trails Rehabilitation (Texas) – Enhancement of Federal Lands
- Maricopa Trail Volunteer Stewardship Program (Arizona) – Engaging Public-Sector Partners
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). See the RTP website (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both nonmotorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks. A database of the more than 25,000 projects funded by the RTP since its inception in 1991 can be found at www.recreationaltrailsinfo.org.