Nominate Recreational Trails Program Projects for the CRT Award

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The following is a news release from the BlueRibbon coalition.

If you or your club spent time constructing trails and trailheads, or improving an existing trail system, and you used Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding to do it, you need to nominate your trail.

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010!

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce its 2010 achievement awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. during Great Outdoors Week 2010 (June 7-13), as part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. They are planning to hold the awards ceremony on Capitol Hill and encourage Members of Congress to join in honoring the outstanding achievements of their constituents.

Award winners will be selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators or other project sponsors. Projects must be completed in order to receive an award. In addition, projects completed before 1998 are ineligible. Project award categories will include: construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; education and communication initiatives; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management or "corridor sharing"; environment/wildlife compatibility; and use of youth conservation/service corps.

Now is your chance to nominate an outstanding project and to encourage the sponsor(s) of an excellent project in your state to submit a nomination as well. A nomination form can be downloaded by visiting this link.

The form and any supporting materials, including pictures, should be returned by April 16, 2010 to the Chair of the Coalition's Awards Committee:

Duane Taylor
Director of Federal Affairs
Motorcycle Industry Council
1235 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, Virginia, 22202
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call him at (703) 416-0444 or send him an e-mail at dtaylor@mic.org. Winners should be notified no later than April 30, 2010.

We hope you will join us in this important effort to recognize the significant contributions to trail-related recreation that the Recreational Trails Program is supporting all across the country.

For more information, and to view past award winners, check out the American Trails Awards Page by visiting this link.