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PRESS RELEASE- Downing, Kulik & Guyer Announce Funding for Recreational Trails: $167,258 Granted to 9 Local Trail Maintenance Projects
September 12, 2008

Boston- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representatives Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) and Denis E. Guyer (D-Dalton) are pleased to announce nine grants totaling $167,258 for local recreational trail improvement projects from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Recreational Trails grant program.

 

“In our corner of the Commonwealth, we are lucky to be surrounded by so many recreational outlets,” said Downing.  “Whether you are a resident or visitor, these trails provide a gateway to the beauty and wonder of Mother Nature.  Funding is critical for maintaining and preserving our natural amenities, and I applaud DCR its support of these projects.”

 

This year, DCR received 60 Recreational Trail grant applications requesting $1.7 million; 25 projects were selected to receive a total of $600,000 in funding.

 

“Snowmobiling is an important family recreation throughout western Massachusetts.  This grant will help preserve and protect trails and minimize use in environmentally sensitive areas.  This a worthy investment in state funds,” said Kulik.

 

Recreational trails are an important asset and feature of our region.  Snowmobilers, hikers, cross country skiers and nature lovers come from all over to utilize these trails year round,” stated Guyer. “The public’s safety is very important and their proper maintenance helps to ensure that users remain safe and will preserve the longevity of the trails. These Recreational Trail Grants are a great resource and I am very grateful that these organizations have received this funding.”

 

The Recreational Trails Program is part of a national program funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that allocates funds to each state for the development and preservation of recreational trails and trail-related facilities.  In Massachusetts, funds are administered by DCR in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board and the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT).

 

Recreational Trails Grants are challenge grants that reimburse 80% of project costs for a variety of trail preservation, construction and stewardship projects across the Commonwealth.  Selected projects must center on recreational activity rather than transportation.   Priority is given to projects improving existing trail improvements, which protect or enhance the site’s natural and cultural resources, and link individuals and communities to these resources.  Eligible applicants include all state, regional, municipal and some federal government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.     

Recreational Trail Grants Awarded  in the Berkshire, Hampshire & Franklin Senate District:

 

Applicant

Grant

Amount Awarded

Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts (SAM)

Corridor Trail Protection and Outreach Initiative

$42,500

DCR - Western Region

Western Region Seasonal Trail Crew and Trail Equipment

$33,500

SAM - Adams Sno-Drifters

Adams Sno-Drifter 07 Project

$28,774

SAM - Goshen Highlanders Snowmobile Club

DAR State Forest Trail Reclamation and Erosion Control

$21,515

SAM - Savoy Kanary Kats Snowmobile Club

Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment Project

$20,000

SAM - Berkshire Snow Seekers

Snowmobile Trail Improvement Project in October Mountain State Forest

$8,000

DCR - Western Region

West Region Seasonal Appalachian Trail Ridge Runner

$5,880

Massachusetts Appalachian Trail Committee / DCR

Appalachian Trail Informational Kiosk Display

$5,005

DCR - Savoy Mountain State Forest

Spruce Hill Visibility Project

$2,084

 

 

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