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

Posted 11/11/21 by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Policy, Success Stories

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:

  • Doty Bridge Replacement (Michigan) – Multiple-Use Management/Corridor Sharing
  • Prison Hill Recreation Area (Nevada) – Community Linkage
  • Statewide Fourteeners Maintenance (Colorado) – Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • Neahkahnie Mountain to Manzanita Trail (Oregon) – Maintenance and Rehabilitation
  • Chautauqua Bottoms Accessibility Upgrades (Illinois) – Accessibility Enhancement
  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild (Nevada) – Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
  • Vermilion Falls Trail (Minnesota) – Construction and Design
  • Climax Tunnel Rehabilitation (Pennsylvania) – Construction and Design
  • Evans Creek ORV Area (Washington) – Youth Conservation/Service Corps
  • Sign Language Saturday (Arizona) – Education and Communication
  • Bridge Buttress Trail (West Virginia) – Enhancement of Federal Lands
  • Waterloo Valley Trail Bridge (New Jersey) – Engaging Public-Sector Partners

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 Committeeparticularly 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 at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Trails Transform America web page.


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