Press Release: The Coalition for Recreational Trails will present its annual awards recognizing exceptional trail projects funded by the Recreational Trails Program in Washington, D.C., on June 8 during Great Outdoors Month.

For anyone unfamiliar with the program, the 25-year-old RTP routes gas taxes paid by off-highway-vehicle users to the trails where that fuel is actually used. Spreading those funds over both motorized and non-motorized trails has been central to the long term political success of the program.

To help ensure the ongoing viability of the RTP, we hope that everyone who submits a nomination will seek an additional endorsement from the member of Congress representing the project’s district. As successful as RTP has been, it’s important that our federal elected officials are regularly reminded how important the program is to creating and maintaining the trails we love for exercise and the enjoyment of the great outdoors. To identify and contact the appropriate member of Congress, enter the project location’s ZIP code under “Find Your Elected Officials” here.

RTP-funded projects completed between 2008 and 2015 are eligible for this year’s awards. They can be found online here on the Recreational Trails Program database and can be nominated for awards in the following nine categories:

  • Maintenance & Rehabilitation
  • Construction & Design
  • Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
  • Community Linkage
  • Education and Communication
  • Multiple-Use Management & Corridor Sharing
  • Accessibility Enhancement
  • Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
  • Engaging Public Sector Partners

When: Deadline for project nominations is April 4.

To submit a nomination: Click here for the nomination form. Submit completed forms by email to [email protected]com. Winners will be notified by May 6.

For more information: Email [email protected]