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Tom Petri Awards Honor 13 Outstanding Trail Projects and Programs in 2021

By: Rails to Trails Conservancy
November 11, 2021

Vermilion River Regional Greenway in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user travistschepen
Vermilion River Regional Greenway in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user travistschepen

This week, the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) honored this year’s recipients of the Tom Petri Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Awards, including 12 projects and a state Recreational Trails Program.

The awards—honoring former U.S. Representative Tom Petri (WI)—specifically recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds, which have historically supported states in developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities around the country.

The projects were honored during a live virtual ceremony on Nov. 10, 2021, with participation by award recipients and key trails champions, including several Members of Congress. Honorees include the following:

CRT also honored the Maryland State Recreational Trails Program as the 2021 Outstanding State Recreational Trails Program. State award winners are chosen for the award by the National Association of State Park Directors Awards Committee—particularly appropriate because in most states, the state park agency administers RTP.  

Watch the virtual ceremony!

Details on the honored projects and programs are available at the American Trails website.  

CRT is an alliance of national and regional trail-related organizations across a broad spectrum of interests, representing motorized and nonmotorized communities. Its members work together to build awareness for RTP, which returns federal gasoline taxes paid by off-highway recreationists to the states for critical trail development and maintenance.

Along with Transportation Alternatives, RTP helps make up the largest source of dedicated federal trail funding in the United States. Learn more on our federal funding pages.

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