News Release 091

Southeast Missouri receives more than $600,000 for recreational trail projects

Volume 39-091 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 5, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected 10 trail projects in southeast Missouri to receive funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration. In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

"All across Missouri, trails not only provide recreational and educational opportunities, they also are major outdoor attractions that strengthen communities and enhance the local economy," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "These grants, and the trails they will help build, represent solid partnerships between the state and the community organizations to benefit better physical and emotional health, smarter minds and stronger economies."

The grant recipients in southeast Missouri were among 32 grants selected based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups. The grants were awarded based on the results of a competitive scoring process and the application’s suitability under funding provisions included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). At least a 20 percent match is required by the applicant. A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.

"Many of these trails provide a way to explore scenic parts of Missouri as well as provide opportunities for healthy recreation, which supports Governor Nixons's initiative to Get Outdoors," said Bill Bryan, director of the department's Division of State Parks. "On behalf of Gov. Nixon and the Department of Natural Resources, we are proud to be a part of this effort."

Following is a list of Recreational Trails Program grant recipients, along with a list of non-motorized and motorized RTP trail projects and their grant amounts.

2010 RTP Non-Motorized Trail Projects:

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Middlebrook in Iron County - $87,588 for an Accessible Trail to Park Store.
Ozark Trail Association, Statewide - $26,840 for Ozark Trail Educational Maps.

2010 RTP Motorized Trail Projects:

Midwest Trail Riders Association, Iron County - $26,917 for the Viburnum Trend Riding Area Trail Renovations.

Missouri Dirt Riders Inc., St. Francois County - $50,279 for the Monsanto Ridge Trail 110 Renovation.

Missouri Dirt Riders Inc., St. Francois County - $66,290 for Off-road Vehicle Trailhead Restroom Replacement.

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills in St. Francois County - $97,344 for the Off-Road Vehicle Staging Area Flush Toilets.

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills in St. Francois County - $29,000 for the Off-Road Vehicle Staging Area Flush Toilets Phase Two.

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills in St. Francois County - $19,500 for Off-Road Vehicle Education.

St. Joe State Park, Park Hills in St. Francois County - $157,400 for Off-Road Vehicle Storage/Trail Equipment.

Friends of St. Joe State Park, St. Francois County - $42,690 for the St. Joe Trail Maintenance, Signage and Restoration Project.

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