Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and Recreation Partners Prep for 30 Percent Cut in Trail Budgets
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from Independent Record, March 28, 2016
The January announcement caught many Montana recreation groups off guard -- the U.S. Forest Service was changing its formula for funding trail maintenance, de-emphasizing miles of wilderness trails while favoring visitor numbers and population centers. That meant increasing maintenance budgets in some more populated regions while lower-population Idaho and Montana put nearly a third of its program budgets on the chopping block.