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Snowmobile Trail Grants Awarded for 2011

(Anchorage, AK) –

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Snowmobile Trail Grant and Grooming Pool awards. The Snowmobile Trail Program is a competitive and reimbursable matching grant. Grants are available for developing and maintaining public snowmobile trails and related facilities and for safety and educational projects. The Snowmobile Trail Program’s Grooming Pool provides funding for trail grooming, marking and signage for snowmobile trails.

Grant applications were reviewed and evaluated by SnowTRAC, a statewide citizen advisory committee appointed by the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to promote safe snowmobiling and development of facilities statewide. These grants are made possible by snowmobile registration fees paid to the State by snowmobile owners. Continuation of this grant program is dependent upon an annual appropriation by the Legislature of snowmobile registration fees.

Mid-Valley Trail Maintenance Project, submitted by the Mid-Valley Trail Club. The Mid-Valley Trail Club grooms and maintains approximately 60 miles of winter trails and trailheads within the mid-valley section of the Susitna River.  The funds requested will provide the club with a four-stroke snowmobile dedicated to the grooming effort.  Mid-Valley Trail Club was awarded $11, 672. 

South Fork Montana Creek Trail Safety Improvements, submitted by the Montana Creek Motor Mushers. The proposed project will fund the rental of a small dozer to correct site distance problems to improve safety on the trail. Additionally the trail we be widened along portions that have been narrowed into a tight gully due to erosion. The Montana Creek Motor Mushers were awarded $4,000.

Alaska Snowmobile Safety, submitted by the North American Outdoor Institute. Host a workshop with snowmobile stakeholders to review and comment on the safety curriculum developed from past projects and intended for use with this project. The final curriculum will be posted on the web and followed by a minimum of four live training sessions in southcentral and northwest Alaska.  Participants will be eligible to purchase a discounted snowmobile helmet.  The North American Outdoor Institute was awarded $15,000.

 

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