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2011 Recreational Trails Program Grant Awards

2011 Recreational Trails Program Grant Awards

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Recreational Trails Grants.  The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded reimbursable trail grant program.  Funding is available for development and maintenance of recreational trails and facilities, acquisition of trail right-of-way, and development of trail safety and education programs.  This year’s awards go to the following projects:

SOUTHEAST ALASKA

Upper Dewey Lakes Trail Restoration - Phase III: Project funds will be used to address deferred maintenance needs and remedy rutted, dangerous sections of the trail.  The proposed work will involve reconstruction of impacted trail tread through use of paid professional stone masonry contractors.  The Municipality of Skagway was awarded $37,385 for this project.

Skaters Lake Trail Project: Funds will be used to resurface and extend an existing trail around Skater's Lake utilizing the Annette Islands School to Work Youth Program, which is composed of local community members and volunteers.  This project will create a one mile trail to fulfill health and wellness goals for the community and include interpretive signs to enhance awareness of local plants and wildlife, as well as cultural values.  The Metlakatla Native Corporation was awarded $50,000 for this project.

SOUTHWEST ALASKA

Kanatak Trail:
Project funds will be used to restore the Kanatak Trail, a historic route, intended to be developed for use by visitors of the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge.  This will be the first developed trail within the Refuge.  Once completed, the alignment will provide a link for visitors which will take them from the Pacific Ocean to Becharof Lake.  The Becharof National Wildlife Refuge was awarded $21,568 for this project

KENAI PENINSULA


Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association Trail Grooming: Project funds will be used to groom and maintain 30 miles of existing year round trails for multi-purpose, non-motorized use.  In the winter the trails will be used for dog-mushing, skijoring, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  During the summer the trails will be used for hiking and horseback riding.  The Peninsula Sled Dog Racing Association was awarded $12,408 for this project.

SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA

Archangel Road Trail Brushing: Project funds will be used to reconstruct approximately 800 feet of motorized trail destroyed by stream erosion.  The Mat-Su Trails Council was awarded $4,566 for this project.

Archangel Snowmobile Trail: Project funds will be used to develop a snowmobile trail that will run parallel to the east side of the Archangel Road Ski Trail.  The new snowmobile route will be 2.4 miles in length and begin at Fishhook Road and connect to the multiple use ski/snowmobile trail beyond the Reed Lakes trailhead.  The new trail alignment will alleviate congestion in the popular Hatcher Pass State Management Area and mitigate snowmobile and skier conflicts.  The Alaska State Parks, Mat-Su Area Office was awarded $50,000 for this project.

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Snowmobile Trail Corridor: Grant funds will be used to build a trail near the south side of Nancy Lake Parkway from the park boundary to the winter trailhead at mile 2.2 of the Parkway entrance.  Construction of the trail will require brush and tree removal and a small amount of trail grading.  The trail will be groomed regularly by Alaska State Parks staff. The Alaska State Parks, Mat-Su Area Office was awarded $43,765 for this project.

Napaimute Trail Marking Project: The Napaimute Trail Project will use wooden markers with reflective tape to mark a winter trail from crooked creek to Kalskag, linking the Middle and Lower Kuskokwim Trail Systems.  The markers will aid in day and night navigation for recreational purposes as well as for public transportation.  The Napaimute Native Corporation was awarded $49,811 for this project.

Campbell Creek Estuary Trail:
Funding will be used to construct a one (1) mile ADA compliant gravel trail on the upland portion of the newly acquired Municipality of Anchorage, Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area. The trail system will provide access to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and provide stunning views from the bluff.  The Alaska Great Land Trust was awarded $50,000 for this project.

Copper Center Interpretive Trail: Phase II of the Copper Center Interpretive Trail will complete work on a system of trails located on school grounds.  The amount of deadfall from the initial tree clearing calls for wood removal and chipping. Woodchips will be used for the surface of the trail.  Additionally, ortho-based trail maps and trail signs will be implemented into the trail system to help orientate trail users.  The Copper Valley Development Association was awarded $12,000 for this project.

Girdwood Nordic Ski Trails: In 2010 the Girdwood Nordic Ski Club developed a 5 kilometer trail system in Girdwood Valley for year-round use.  A portion of that project was funded by the Recreational Trails Grant Program.  The second phase of construction will begin in the summer of 2011 to smooth trail grades, compact tread and re-vegetate the corridor.  The Girdwood Nordic Ski Club was awarded $50,000 for this project.

Chugach State Park Trail Crew Equipment: Funds for this project will be used to purchase equipment for the Chugach State Park Trails Program.  This equipment will allow park staff to outfit the third of three 2011 field crews with necessary trail construction/rehabilitation tools.  It will also allow staff to maintain and rebuild the Chugach State Park trail system to sustainable standards.  Chugach State Park was awarded $42,331 for equipment purchases.

Kincaid Singletrack Trail: Singletrack Advocates (STA) in partnership with Alaska Trails propose to construct a network of soft-surface, narrow trails that are sustainably built for mountain bikes and other non-motorized trail uses in Kincaid Park.  The project will create linkages among existing singletrack trails to form a continuous network of approximately 9 miles.  Alaska Trails, Inc. was awarded $50,000 for this project.

Mile-16 Trail: Funding for this project will be used to design and construct a 1.25 mile summer mountain bike/winter ski and snowboard access trail along the top of the 16 mile ski run within the Hatcher Pass State Management Area.  Additionally, a 2.25 mile summer mountain bike trail will be designed and constructed from top to bottom of the Mile-16 ski run.  The Alaska State Parks, Mat-Su Area Office was awarded $49,835 for this project.

Archangel Road Trail Brushing: Project funds will be used to brush the overgrown Archangel Road/Trail and the East/West Access Corridor.  The Mat-Su Trails Council was awarded $4,623 for this project.

INTERIOR ALASKA

Stiles Creek Extension:
This grant will re-align approximately 4 miles of steep dangerous trail onto a sustainable curvilinear route with 8% grades. The new alignment will be cleared and prepped for mechanical construction along with hardening the first 1/2 mile of trail from the trailhead across the valley to the hillside.  The Alaska State Parks, Northern Area Office was awarded $39,830 for this project.

Tanana Lakes Non-Motorized Trail: Project funding will pay for the construction of a 3,400 foot section of non-motorized trail within the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area.  The trail will follow the shoreline of Goose Island providing vistas of a shallow lake which is managed for its migratory bird habitat values.  Boy Scouts will be used to brush the corridor.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough was awarded $41,940 for this project.

Mastodon Trail: Project funds will be used to clear 10.5 miles of trail corridor to a 6 foot width.   Once cleared, grades will be re-shot and flagged with a tight flag line to include the critical edge.  All work will be done in preparation for mechanical construction to harden, cap and crown sections of trail with gravel where needed.  The Alaska State Parks, Northern Area Office was awarded $45,975 for this project.

SAFETY AND EDUCATION

Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) Trails Curriculum: Funds for this project will be used to develop an advanced trail-building education curriculum to address urban trail sustainability and natural resource restoration needs within the Municipality of Anchorage area. The curriculum will be specifically designed for Anchorage area youth (ages 10-19) and delivered through hands-on workshops, trail-building seminars and youth led trail safety trainings.  A specific definition of "urban trails" will be created that pertains to Anchorage trails, with extensive input from Anchorage youth environmental and outdoor groups including the Youth Employment in Parks program. The Municipality of Anchorage was awarded $18,300 to develop this curriculum.

Alaska Trails Survival: Project funding will be used to provide wilderness survival games to teach important life-saving skills while travelling on Alaska’s trails. Delivered in a fun, interactive format, main topics covered in the program include hiking, wildlife and plant awareness, water crossing, shelter building, knot-tying, Leave-No-Trace ethics, wilderness medical care, and more.  The North American Outdoor Institute was awarded $42,383 to provide these programs.


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