Recreational Trails Program Update

As the next Recreational Trails Program application cycle nears, I would like to update all of you regarding important topics: upcoming application deadline for fiscal year 2014; 2013 funding update; Transportation Alternatives Program; and, RTP training sessions. Since we have had three consecutive RTP grant cycles where the federal funds have not come through in a single (or timely) allocation, we need to adjust our timelines.

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OHV Program Manager Hired – Montana State Parks

By: Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks has announced that Jim Norlander has been hired for the position of statewide OHV Program Manager. Jim has experience with the U.S. Forest Service in Trail Steward and trail maintenance positions in the West Yellowstone area on the
Gallatin National Forest. Additionally, Jim is a certified ATV and Snowmobile Safety Education instructor.

A total of 22 applicants applied for the OHV Program Manager position, which was then narrowed down to five for the final interviews.

Based in Helena with the Montana State Parks team, Jim’s first day is July 1, 2013. Jim’s phone number is 444-7642.

OHV Program Grants Total $271,00 in 2013

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.

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MTVRA Quarterly Newsletter

Your Board of Directors of the Montana Trails Vehicle Riders Association will regularly publish a quarterly Newsletter beginning January, 2013 to be distributed to members by email and hard copy where appropriate. The purpose is to disseminate information among Montana and other state associations and clubs, motivate members by sharing information about successes and challenges, and promote unity among OHV recreationists. We need your help to succeed!

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