By Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA)
As you read in the January 2015 issue “$90,000 Partnership Grant” and July 2015 issue Partnership Award, MTVRA is the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program statewide Big Grant for multi-use trail maintenance. This report on work completed this year.
Trail maintenance has been completed on the 42.5 in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 43.5 miles of trail in BLM areas at Pipestone & Clancy, and 38 miles of trails in the Lewis & Clark National Forest, Crazy Mountains and Musselshell Ranger District, and trails #652 & 653, Big Snowie Mountains, Musselshell Ranger District. The 18.6 miles of trails in the North Crazies backs up to 32.2 miles of trails on the Bozeman Ranger District of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest.
Maintenance on the 35+ trail miles on the Helena Ranger District was partially completed when a mechanical breakdown occurred. Repairs are completed and the fall plan is to complete the Helena phase of the project. Depending on the weather and conditions on the ground work may begin on the Gallatin trails. The Gallatin work is the final phase of the ‘Big Grant’.
Reimbursement requests were submitted as each phase was completed. Agency liaisons submitted their reports along with confirmation of the miles completed which were confirmed on the invoices submitted by our contractor. Volunteer hours were recorded on the invoice as well. Once submitted the payments were received very promptly. While the reporting and paperwork process could have been a challenge, the process worked smoothly.
MTVRA has been awarded another RTP maintenance grant. The award was for $45,000, which means the representatives from each of the proposed areas will be meeting to establish priority for the work. Any remaining work from the ‘Big Grant’ will be worked in with the new projects. Along with the RTP grant, the USFS will be adding $10,000 thru a Challenge Cost Share Agreement to the project.