Critical Trail Work in Montana to Get Federal Funding
Montana has lots and lots of trails. And lots and lots of people put lots and lots of wear and tear on those paths. There are a number of ways that the miles of trails are maintained. But it's important to have established and well-funded plans to do it.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) gets some federal funding every year for their Recreational Trails Program. It is for everything trail-related: rehabilitation, construction, maintenance and grooming and even safety education programs.
The public comment period has opened on what FWP has selected this season. Quite a few of those projects are in western Montana. The list includes 32 projects and the comment period deadline is April 26.
A partial list of planned trail projects throughout Montana
The full list is available online, but we've selected a few local trail projects that are included this year:
- Construction of the Route of the Olympian Trailhead in St. Regis.
- An access trail at Frenchtown Pond State Park to the All Abilities Dock.
- Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex volunteer trail maintenance.
- Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation volunteer trail clearing.
- Vault toilet installation and trail maintenance at Lions Bitterroot Youth Camp.
- UM rehabilitation and rebuilding the M-Trail.
- Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club grooming in Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains.
- Bitterroot Cross-country Ski Club winter grooming of Chief Joseph Pass and Lake Como trails.
- Wild Montana's 8 multi-day trail maintenance projects throughout the state.
- Relocating Iron Mountain Trailhead in Lolo National Forest.
- Gallatin Avalanche Center avalanche forecast funding
- Missoula County's New Meadows Trail System to connect to the regional path system.
That's only a dozen of the 32 projects sharing $1,525,000 that FWP has available for such projects this year. You can mail comments to Adam Brooks, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701 or comment online at the FWP site.