Monday, March 28, 2016

ONE WEEK left to nominate an RTP-funded trail project for a Coalition for Recreational Trails award! (DEADLINE: April 4)

Has your trail received funding through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)?

Here is a great opportunity for national recognition that also advocates continued funding for trails!


The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), a nationwide federation of trail-related organizations (of which American Trails is an active member), sponsors the Annual Achievement Awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the RTP. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. in June during Great Outdoors Month™ as part of the Coalition's ongoing efforts to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program. CRT will hold the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill and will encourage members of Congress to attend to help honor the outstanding achievements of their constituents.
What projects are eligible?
Award winners will be selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators, or other project sponsors. All projects completed after 2007 are eligible. 
The 2016 award categories are: 
• Maintenance and Rehabilitation
• Construction and Design
• Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
• Community Linkage
• Education and Communication
• Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
• Accessibility Enhancement
• Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
• Engaging Public Sector Partners (new category for 2016)
Return the nomination form by April 4, 2016 to
If you have questions, contact Duane Taylor, CRT Awards Committee Chair, at  
Winners should be notified by May 6, 2016. 
Learn more about outstanding projects funded by the RTP:

To further get a sense of the types of outstanding projects funded by the RTP, we encourage you to download and read the Federal Highway Administration's 2014 Annual RTP Report. The 2015 RTP Report will be released by the Federal Highway Administration in the near future. 
Access FHWA's online Recreational Trails Program Database to find projects that have received RTP funding in your State. Additionally, American Trails makes a webpage for each winning project. Visit the 2015 awards webpage for examples!
Please note: data collection is an ongoing effort and data is regularly being entered into the Database as it is received from the States, District of Columbia, and other sources. 
Help spread the word:
American Trails encourages you to join the Coalition for Recreational Trails in this effort to recognize the significant contributions that the Recreational Trails Program provides to nationwide trails and greenways. 
Please help spread the word on this opportunity to help the Recreational Trails Program shine! 

For more information and to download the nomination form, see

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