Mar 11, 2011 7:13 PM by Greg Boyce

More than $4 million alloted for motorized trails

The Colorado State Parks Board has approved over $4 million in grants to build, maintain, plan and support volunteer programs for motorized trails throughout Colorado in 2011.

The grants were funded solely by the sale of off-highway vehicle registrations (OHV) and will pay for managing, operating, posting signs, planning and maintaining trails for motorized vehicles.

The grants were awarded to 47 projects with $2.53 million going toward U.S. Forest Service trails and $630,320 for Bureau Land Management trail projects. The funds will enable trail crews to perform trail maintenance work, install signs, build bridges, construct reroutes, improve trail heads, and make public contacts that will help protect and enhance natural resources.

"While the State Trails program operates through the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, many Coloradans may not realize that the trails they enjoy outside our park boundaries are made possible through this grant program. These funds are essential to planning and building trails, maintaining existing routes, and educating users and non-users about the importance of riding on existing trails on thousands of acres of public land," said Gary Thorson, the Colorado State Parks Assistant Director for Programs. "Visitors to Colorado and residents benefit from the dozens of improvements to  trails made every year through this program."

In the 2010-2011 season, it is estimated that 132,000 off-highway vehicles will be registered with owners paying $25.25 each to fund the grants. To see a list of the grants, click here.



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