UPDATE: Governor Schweitzer chose not to opt-out of the Recreational Trails Program, resulting in the recreational trails set-aside being applied to the State’s transportation alternatives funding. MDOT supported the decision and recognizes the funding as important to supporting many of Montana’s recreational opportunities including hiking, bicycling, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for the enjoyment of Montana citizens and visitors through the Recreational Trails Program will continue.
Do you enjoy riding or walking on Missoula’s network of multi-use recreational trails? Do you wish you had more trails like this closer to where you live or work? If you answered yes, then you will want to take action today.
State Governors are now allowed to opt out of receiving funding from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that distributes federal funds to states to support the construction, maintenance and development of all types of recreation trails, due to a change in the recently updated federal transportation bill, MAP-21.
It is possible that Governor Schweitzer may refuse to receive RTP funding for recreational trails in Montana—trails that boost local economies, keep people active, and enhance your personal health and well-being – if we don’t let him know how important this program is to us.
people for bikes.org is working with the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the Coalition for Recreational Trails to make sure states don’t opt out of these critical trail funds, but your help is needed. Please add your voice to those asking Governor Schweitzer to continue dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program. Send a strong message to Governor Schweitzer using this easy form. The deadline for Governors to opt out is September 1st, so your quick response is needed.
ACT NOW TO SAVE RECREATIONAL TRAIL FUNDING IN MONTANA!