National Park Service Press Release

National Trail and Park Projects Funded
For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2009
Contact(s):   Steve Elkinton, (202) 354-6938

David Barna, (202) 208-6843


National Trail and Park Projects Funded

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Park Service trails program grants have been awarded for 17 projects where national historic and scenic trails intersect with national parks and other Federal facilities.

This year’s “Connect Trails to Park” grant awards total $873,000. The grant program was established in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System.

“The infrastructure improvements these grants provide translate into better experiences for trail and park visitors,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “It’s a wonderful way to commemorate this anniversary decade of the National Trails System.”

The 17 funded projects restore or improve existing trails and trailhead connections, provide better wayside and interpretive services, encourage innovative educational services, support bridge and trailhead designs, and provide planning services for important trail gateways.

In addition to operating park areas across the United States and its territories, the National Park Service plays a vital role in operation of the 52,000-mile National Trails System. The Trails System dates from 1968 legislation that created the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails. Today, the National Trails System is comprised of 11 national scenic trails (NSTs), 19 national historic trails (NHTs), and more than 1,050 national recreation trails (NRTs).

Connect Trails to Parks Grants, FY 2010 Project Title Trail(s) Park or Other Federal Area Locations Award Amount New kiosk, pavilion, and entrance sign for Continental Divide NST at Grand Lake Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake, CO $59,750 North Country NST Wayside Exhibits at Three Parks North Country National Scenic Trail Pictured Rocks Nat. Lakeshore, Fort Stanwix Nat. Memorial, and Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP Grand Marais, MI Rome, NY, and Dayton, OH $30,485 Interpretive Programming at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Ridgefield, WA $35,000 “Explore the Outdoors, Your Life Depends On It” (educational program) Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center Great Falls, MT $45,205 Spur Trail Stone Steps at Lockwood House Appalachian National Scenic Trail Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, WV $55,000 Transport Students to Trails and Park Appalachian NST and Potomac Heritage NST Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, WV $7,700 Publish Fort Circle Parks Trail Brochure Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Fort Circle Parks Washington, DC $5,000 Replace Missing Trail Signs and Install New Waysides Baptism Creek National Recreation Trail Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Elverson, PA $65,146 Unigrid Brochure for the New Star- Spangled Banner NHT Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Chesapeake Bay Region, MD and VA $29,500 Expanded Website for Star-Spangled Banner NHT Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Chesapeake Bay Region, MD and VA $100,000 Volunteer-based Interpretation Nez Perce National Historic Trail Nez Perce National Historical Park Spaulding, ID $4,500 Brochure to Connect Trail to Three NPS Sites in Southern Arizona Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Casa Grande Ruins NM, Saguaro NP, and Tumacacori National Historical Park Coolidge, AZ Tucson, AZ Tumacacori, AZ $96,000 Twin Arches Connector Trail Twin Arches National Recreation Trail Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Oneida, TN $36,909 Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibits at Stones River Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Stones River National Battlefield Park Murfreesboro, TN $12,554 Parks as Classrooms at the Natchez Trace NST Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo, MS $99,984 Complete Compliance for Wallkill River Bridge Appalachian National Scenic Trail Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge Sussex, NJ $100,000 Build and Support Capacity in the USDA Forest Service for A Trail to Every Classroom Appalachian National Scenic Trail Numerous national forests Harpers Ferry, WV $100,000

The years 2008 to 2018 are "A Decade for the National Trails" in advance of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. Many projects will help the National Park Service, friends groups and others devoted to trails and their related Federal facilities achieve goals associated with this commemorative decade.

For more information about the National Park Service please visit www.nps.gov.

For more information about the National Trails System please visit www.nps.gov/nts.




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