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FWP seeks public comment on recommended Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program funding award to City of Three Forks

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed list of funding awards for the 2024 Trail Stewardship Program (TSP) grant cycle. The proposed list of recipients for 2024 includes an $87,000 grant to the City of Three Forks that would be used for the Headwaters Trail System.

The recommended grant is for Trail Rehabilitation East of the Madison River Bridge. In 2022, the City of Three Forks received a $54,000 TSP grant for trail rehab.

This year, the program recommends $2,000,000 in grant funds to 36 projects around the state. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust was also on the list of proposed funding awards, with the Main Street to the Mountains Stewardship Project slated to receive a partial grant of $46,730 for new trail and path development.

According to the FWP, the maximum TSP grant is $100,000 with a match requirement of 10% of total project costs.

In total, FWP received 40 applications requesting $2.33 million in funding. Applications were submitted by federal and state agencies, towns, cities, counties, recreational clubs and nonprofit organizations. Eligible projects include development and rehabilitation work on urban, rural, and backcountry trails; construction of new trails and facilities; and snowmobile and cross-country ski trail maintenance and grooming operations.

The 2024 application process was highly competitive with many strong projects proposed. FWP staff conducted an internal review and scoring of applications. In addition, State Trails Advisory Committee (STAC) members reviewed applications and met March 5 and 6 in Great Falls to provide feedback on projects and make recommendations to FWP for distribution of the funds.

A list of the proposed grant recipients is available at: fwp.mt.gov/aboutfwp/grant-programs/trail-stewardship/public-comment. Some projects are proposed to receive full funding, while others are proposed to receive partial awards.

Comments will be accepted in writing to P.O. Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620-0701, and by email to: [email protected]. Comments will be accepted until April 3, at 5 p.m.

 
 
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