By Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks administers two grant programs that benefit OHV activities in our state. One program is funded with state dollars and the other is a federal program.

Montana’s stateside OHV program was implemented in 1991. The grant program is funded from a percentage of the gasoline fuel tax attributed to OHV use within Montana, as well as decal fees owners pay when they register their OHVs.

 

State OHV Grants

For the recent grant cycle, 14 applications were received with a total requested funding of $293,019. After scoring and advice from the citizen’s OHV Advisory Committee, 12 projects were successful for total funding of $196,000.

The successful grant applicants are:

  • Capital Trail Vehicle Association (Helena) – trailhead kiosks and signs $14,000
  • Friends of Pipestone – informational kiosks and maps $17,000
  • Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association – trail maintenance $26,000
  • BLM – Butte Office – seasonal Trail Steward position; maintenance $13,000
  • Bitterroot National Forest – seasonal Trail Steward position; maintenance $13,000
  • Butte/Jefferson Ranger District – seasonal Trail Steward position; maintenance $13,000
  • Dillon Ranger District – seasonal Trail Steward position; maintenance $12,000
  • Madison Ranger District – seasonal Trail Steward position; maintenance $12,000
  • Gardiner/Yellowstone Ranger Districts – Trail Steward positions; maintenance $26,000
  • Bozeman/Hebgen Ranger Districts – Trail Steward positions; maintenance $26,000
  • Helena/Townsend Ranger Districts – Trail Steward position; maintenance $12,000
  • Missoula Ranger District – season Trail Steward position; maintenance $12,000
Federal Funding Opportunities

Additionally, several OHV projects were successful recipients of grant awards from the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
These include:

  • The Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association – ethics education grant. $7,920
  • Friends of Pipestone - trial maintenance. $7,560
  • Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association – trail maintenance; safety education. $21,856
  • Yellowstone Ranger District – seasonal Trail Steward positions; maintenance. $37,665

 

In total, the two grant programs have awarded a total of $271,000 to OHVrelated efforts throughout Montana in January 2013.

 

“OHV recreation is an important outdoor recreational activity in Montana. The users certainly know this, the federal agencies are aware of it, and so do we within Montana State Parks as we administer the grant programs”, said Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator of Montana State Parks.