Recreational Trails Program
Photo submitted by the Pennyrile Area Development District
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It can be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements, development and/or maintenance of recreational trails and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use. The Recreational Trails Program benefits communities and enhances quality of life.
It does not fund equipment such as mowers, gators or trucks. All trails that have received FHWA funding must remain open to the public and maintained for perpetuity.
Who Can Apply: Eligible applicants are city and county governments, state and federal agencies. Non-profit organizations must partner with a governmental entity.
Application Process: The 2013 RTP Application is now available to download. The deadline to submit the application is March 29, 2013.
You must also submit to the State Clearinghouse for the Intergovernmental Review Process or request an update on previous comments to be eligible for funding.
The minimum grant request is $5,000.00; the maximum grant request is $100,000.00.
This is a matching reimbursement grant program.
For more information, contact Jodie McDonald.
To assist Local Public Agencies (LPAs) with executing eligible transportation projects in accordance with federal transportation laws and regulations, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Kentucky Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have jointly developed the LPA Guide - UPDATED 1/31/2012
Do you know what types of Endangered Species are in your county?
For additional information about endangered species, ecology survey requirements, p
lease contact U.S. Fish & Wildlife or call the Kentucky Field Office at 502-695-0468.
Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine if your project will require permits. Avoid impacts to wetlands; permits will be required if impacted.
Contact the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) to determine if an archaeology survey will be necessary prior to the construction of the proposed project.
All trail projects funded by FHWA require an ecology survey or a clearance letter from USFW prior to the construction of the proposed project.
Please submit all required surveys and/or clearance letters to Jodie McDonald.
||Trail Related Research and Publications
Trail-related research and publications developed through FHWA or with FHWA support.
· Trail Construction and Maintenance Guide
· Equestrian resources, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/fspubs/07232816/index.htm
Equestrian Trailhead Guide Information
· Mountain bicycling guides, www.imba.com/resources
· Park Guidelines for Off Highway Vehicles, www.nohvcc.org
· Rail-trail resources: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/rwt/index.htm
· Youth corps resources, www.corpsnetwork.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=96
· Several publications through the USDA Forest Service Technology & Development Program, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/fspubs/index.htm, and the Mechanized Trail Building Equipment website, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/equip/index.cfm.
Support for the National Trails Training Partnership, www.nttp.net
If the land is publically owned, the LPA can either choose to file an Easement or Separate Deed Restriction.
RTP Easement from LPA to KYTC
RTP Separate Deed Restriction
If the land is not owned both easements must be filed.
RTP Easement from Citizen to LPA
RTP Easement from LPA to KYTC
The easement/deed restriction is required to be filed prior to receiving final reimbursement.