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Recreational Trails Program

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Welcome to Georgia Trails and Greenways! Our office coordinates Georgia’s Recreational Trails Program (referred to frequently as “RTP”), which provides funding for trail construction, trail maintenance and trail education. Although we are housed within the state Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites, the Recreational Trails Program awards grants to city governments, county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, as well as state agencies.

Recreational Trails Program Overview

The RTP is a grant program. The United States Congress appropriates funding for the Program, and the Federal Highway Administration manages the Program, but it is administered at the state level. In Georgia, administration is handled by staff of the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites. The purpose of the RTP is to provide and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities identified in, or that further a specific goal of, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Grants are generally awarded on an annual basis after the following process is complete: applicants submit their applications, Program staff rank the applications, the Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee reviews them, the Director of the Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites reviews them, and the Federal Highway Administration approves them. You can see how Georgia’s funding level compares to that of other states by going to www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/recfunds.htm.


Advisory Committee

A committee of individuals interested in Georgia trails advises Program staff on policy issues and potential grant awards. The committee meets at least once a year. Meetings are open to the public, and reports of the minutes are available from Program staff. The current members of the committee are listed below.

Hikers

Nancy Lovingood, Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
Second position vacant

Bicyclists

Keith Owen, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association
Rick Moon, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association

Off-Road Vehicle Users

Dave Logan, Southern Four Wheel Drive Association
Bruce Dreher, Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association

Equestrians

Randy Brown, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia
Debbie Crowe, Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association

Water Trail Users

Dan MacIntyre, Georgia Canoe Association

Greenways Users

Greta DeMayo, Fulton County
Carlton E. Harris, Lumpkin County
Third position vacant

Grant Application

The grant package includes general program information, the application, funding cycle timelines and related forms. You can access the Program Manual, listed under "Attachments" on the right-hand side of this page. This section will be updated with relevant information prior to the next RTP grant cycle.

Grant Cycle Timeline

October 13, 2015
DNR releases RTP Program Applications and Procedures Manual and publicizes the grant program.

December 18, 2015
Deadline for submitting applications (postmarked by this date).

January 2016
DNR reviews applications for completeness, scores applications, coordinates application ranking with Division staff, develops ranking and recommendations.

March 2016
DNR presents proposed project selections to Advisory Committee and DNR Board.

April 2016
DNR notifies all applicants of selection results.

May 2016
DNR coordinates with selected applicants to address all applicable environmental compliance issues.

June 2016
DNR submits projects to FHWA for review and approval.

To Be Determined
FHWA approves projects; DNR notifies grantees.

To Be Determined
DNR submits Project Agreement to each grantee for execution.

To Be Determined
Grantees sign and return Project Agreements to DNR.

To Be Determined
DNR returns fully executed Project Agreements to grantees and WORK BEGINS.
Trail Education
The RTP legislation permits Georgia to use five percent of its RTP funds for educational efforts. Please check back for information concerning Trails Education courses offered in Georgia. This Program has also funded trail signs, maps and other efforts. If you have an idea for statewide efforts to educate interested persons about trail design, construction, or maintenance, please call program staff at 770-389-7274. Recipients of funding for educational projects must be governmental entities: city governments, county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, or state agencies.

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Contact Us

RTP Staff

Telephone: 770-389-7274
E-mail: Jodie.Gardner@dnr.ga.gov
Fax: 770-389-7272
Mail: Recreational Trails Program
Division of State Parks
2600 Highway 155
Stockbridge, GA 30281

 

Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites

1-800-864-7275
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Headquarters

Telephone: 770-389-7270 (Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
Fax: 770-389-7402
E-mail: Go to gastateparks.org and click on “Contact Us”
Mail: Division of State Parks & Historic Sites
2600 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281




 
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