Announcing Project Selections for the: National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants For Field Season 2017

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6/16/2017

News Release

Announcing Project Selections for the:

National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants
For Field Season 2017

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, American Hiking Society, Back Country Horsemen of America, the International Mountain Biking Association, the BlueRibbon Coalition, and the American Motorcyclist Association, is pleased to announce project selections for the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants for National Forest trails for the 2017 Field season.

The Trail Stewardship Grant Program awards funds to trails and stewardship organizations for increasing trail maintenance accomplishments and reducing deferred maintenance (trail backlog) on National Forest System trails.  A total of 23 grants, for $230,000 were made available to trail and stewardship organizations for both motorized and non-motorized trail uses.  90 proposals were received, requesting over $1,000,000 in funding.

A list of selected organizations and grant amounts is attached.  Trail work will begin immediately and will affect trails in every Region of the Forest Service.  Trail Grants ranged in size from $3,605 to $17,641.   The Trail Grant program elicited over $440,000 in matching cash, and over $750,000 in in-kind matches.  Over 2,500 volunteers are expected to participate across these selected projects.  Over 1,200 miles of trail will be maintained, additional signing, structure repair, and a bridge will be replaced using these grant funds.  These projects will go a long way to reducing the trail maintenance backlog on important trails around the country and increasing volunteer and trail crew participation.  A Fact Sheet is attached with additional information about the Trail Stewardship Grant Program

Further information on the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants program can be found on the NWSA website at:  www.wildernessalliance.org.

Questions about the Trail Stewardship Grant program may be addressed to the Grant Manager, Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance at 801-808-2167 or randy@wildernessalliance.org.

“The National Forest Trails Stewardship Grant Program was well received by the entire trails community with 90 different proposals.  Unfortunately, we only had money to select 23 projects, but these grants will encourage a huge increase in the number of volunteers and public involved with National Forest trails”, said Randy Welsh, Executive Director, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, manager of these grants.

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National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grants

Project Selections

Forest Service RegionOrganization
Region 1Friends of Scotchman Peaks
Mountain Bike Missoula
Region 2Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado
Region 3Arizona Trails Association
Prescott Trail Riders
Region 4BCHA – Idaho Foundation
Idaho Trails Association
Mountain Bike the Tetons
Region 5Friends of the Desert Mountains
Santa Barbara Trail Bike Volunteers
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Stewards of the Sequoias
Region 6BCHA – Washington
BCHA – West Cascades
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Washington Trails Association
Region 8Partners of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness
Wild South
Region 9Friends of the Shawnee
Northwoods Volunteer Connection/Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness
Region 10Alaska Trails