Bentley announces grant to boost trail construction - Montgomery Alabama news.

Bentley announces grant to boost trail construction

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a $10,000 grant to support volunteers working to enhance outdoor recreation in Alabama. 

The funding will enable the Central Alabama Mountain Peddlers to purchase equipment for trail building and maintenance. The Auburn-based organization, one of several dedicated to advancing mountain biking in Alabama, will use the equipment to construct and maintain public trails in the area.

"Volunteers across the state are helping make Alabama a destination for mountain-biking and other outdoor activities," Bentley said. "By putting tools in the hands of knowledgeable enthusiasts, Alabama is turning a minimum investment of public dollars into a network of world-class trails that draw people from across the country to visit our state and contribute to our economy."

CAMP has built or revitalized about 15 miles of biking and multi-use trails at Chewacla State Park this year. The equipment purchased with grant funds will accelerate trail development.

The Recreational Trails Grant Program funds trail projects for walking and hiking, bicycling, boating and paddling, horseback riding and off-road motorized vehicles. Local governments and non-profit groups receiving grants must provide local support equal to at least 20 percent of the grant. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the grants, which are allocated to Alabama by the Federal Highway Administration. 

ADECA administers a wide range of grants and programs supporting law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resources.   

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

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