American Trails, in partnership with the US Forest Service, is offering a new trail improvement funding opportunity. This program is funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and supports partner
trail projects that further the Legacy Roads and Trails criteria on National Forest System trails. Cathy Corlett, the Legacy Trails Program Director from American Trails will present about this amazing new opportunity.
This program will award funds to stewardship organizations and local government entities for completing motorized and nonmotorized trail projects on National
Forest System lands. This funding is not for routine annual trail maintenance. Projects must improve water quality, restore aquatic organism passages, preserve access, decommission
National Forest System roads, unauthorized trails or previously closed trails, and/or provide for more resilient and sustainable National Forest System trails, trail bridges and trail infrastructure.
There is wide latitude on how projects are developed and designed. Projects can include NEPA planning, trail clearing, brushing, tread repair, trail relocation, bridge and structure repair or
replacement, and installation of trail signs provided they contribute to the goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These activities may reduce existing trail deferred maintenance 1 . All trail
work must meet National Quality Standards 2 , design parameters 3 , and be consistent with the Forest Service Trail Management Objectives 4.
Come and learn how your organization may benefit from this new source of funding.