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Hackle
01-23-2004, 07:26 PM
Recreational Trails Program


In early February, the Senate will debate and vote on the legislation
that funds the Recreational Trails Program. Literally millions of
Americans have benefited from the trails for motorized and
non-motorized recreation that have been developed and maintained in
every state of the union through this program.

For those of us who enjoy trail-based recreation, be it on hiking,
biking, ATV, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobile, equestrian,
cross-county skiing or any other type of trail, this is one of the
most crucial issues that the Senate will act upon this year which
directly affects you!

Write to your Senators today! Tell your Senators that you support
funding for the Recreational Trails Program and that they should
support the SAFETEA legislation.

Let your Senators know that you support investing money from taxes on
gasoline being used in off-highway vehicles to improve the safety,
construction and maintenance of recreational trails through the
Recreational Trails Program.



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Your Senators

Below is the sample letter:

Subject: Support the Recreational Trails Program

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

In early February, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient
Transportation Equity Act of 2003, (SAFETEA) will be debated on the
Senate floor. There is a provision in this legislation that I have a
particular interest in and that is the Recreational Trails Program
(RTP).

The RTP was established in 1991 as a part of ISTEA and improved
through TEA-21. This program utilizes a portion of the federal tax
receipts attributable to off-highway recreational activities
including ATV riding, motorcycling, snowmobiling and 4x4s for
purposes of maintaining and improving recreational trails throughout
the country. Since its inception, literally millions of Americans
have benefited from the recreational trails that have been developed
and maintained in every state of the union with monies from this
program. And, it is important to note that these trails are developed
for both motorized and non-motorized recreation.

The Federal Highway Administration's most recent estimate of the
amount of tax revenue generated by off-highway recreational
activities is $286 million annually. The SAFETEA legislation has
proposed that just 21% of this revenue contributed by off-highway
recreationists be devoted to the RTP program. Because of the
importance of this program and the fact that every year more and more
Americans seek to use recreational trails for a variety of
activities, I believe that a more appropriate figure should be 50% of
the $286 million annual revenue figure. Investing more revenue from
off-highway generated taxes to improve the safety of such activities
by constructing and maintaining recreational trails is an appropriate
use of these monies.

Sincerely,



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What's At Stake:

In early February, the Senate will debate and vote on the legislation
that funds the Recreational Trails Program. Literally millions of
Americans have benefited from the trails for motorized and
non-motorized recreation that have been developed and maintained in
every state of the union through this program.

For those of us who enjoy trail-based recreation, be it on hiking,
biking, ATV, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobile, equestrian,
cross-county skiing or any other type of trail, this is one of the
most crucial issues that the Senate will act upon this year which
directly affects you!

Tell your Senators that you support funding for the Recreational
Trails Program and that they should support the SAFETEA legislation.

Let your Senators know that you support investing money from taxes on
gasoline being used in off-highway vehicles to improve the safety,
construction and maintenance of recreational trails through the
Recreational Trails Program.


Campaign Expiration Date:
February 1, 2004


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--
John Stewart
Director, Environmental Affairs
United Four Wheel Drive Associations, http://www.ufwda.org
Natural Resource Consultant
California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, http://www.ca4wdc.com
Recreation Access and Conservation Editor, http://www.4x4wire.com
Moderator, MUIRNet - Multiple Use Information Resource Network

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Sandee McCullen
01-25-2004, 10:11 AM
We not only have to encourage national to continue funding National Trails money but we MUST encourage our state agencies and community governments to APPLY for the funds through grants each year. BLM won a 1.5 M grant last year but there were NO GRANTS APPLIED FOR THIS YEAR. This simply means Arizona won't be given any money for next year......... most certainly won't receive any increase!!!!

There are MANY OHV projects that could use money.......... the Middle Gila Conservation Partnership in Florence Jct; the MotoTrax project in Gila Bend; the Boulders project at Lake Pleasant; an "open" OHV area near Yuma would be a good project; yada yada...........The agencies have to apply and they always say:
"Too busy".......... BS!!!!! I'd like to put together a team of OHV (maybe our newly formed Az OHV Coalition) can do this....... but WE must take the responsibility to get the agencies to write these grants. OR ........... WE NEED TO WRITE THE GRANTS and have the agencies simply submit them!!!!

There is an advisory council (OHVAG - Off Highway Vehicle Advisory Council) that works with Az State Parks to approve/deny these grants. I sit on this council at this time but we need more of you to get involved. We are appointed for 3 year terms..... we meet approximately 4-5 times each year. The next OHVAG meeting is at the State Parks Building on Washington and 15th Avenue, Monday February 2 at 10:00 a.m........... you're all welcome. It's a public meeting.

I guess the bottom line is: "If we want the legislators to join us..... we have to also join them"! It's going to take dedicating some time AND money to "keep what is ours".