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TPWD News Release — Aug. 27, 2009

$3 Million in Trails Grants Approved for 25 Texas Sites

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Aug. 27 approved approximately $3 million for 25 National Recreational Trail Grant projects across the state.

The National Recreational Trails Fund comes from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by the sale of gasoline for use in off-road recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Money from the trail fund goes toward the creation and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.

The Federal Highway Administration manages the fund and distributes portions of it to states based on a formula that takes into account the state’s population and fuel sales for off-road vehicles.

The program provides 80-20 matching grants, so that each case the grant recipient must pay for 20 percent of the total project cost. Dollar amounts shown below are 80 percent of the project cost.

The Texas Statewide Trails Advisory Board reviewed the proposals and developed a list of recommended projects for funding based on the quality of the project, its cost effectiveness, its impact on recreational trail opportunities and geographic distribution of funds.

List of funded trail-construction projects by county:

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