Grants boost hiking, biking, horseback riding trails

Date Published: 
Wed, 11/03/2010

Grants boost hiking, biking, horseback riding trails

Lusscroft Farm in Wantage and Wawayanda State Park in Vernon were among the 48 projects in New Jersey awarded a total of $800,000 in federal recreational trails grants.

Another $1 million may soon be available for 2011 projects, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Wednesday.

Wawayanda State Park partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Sussex County and Vernon to receive $25,000 to develop a parking area to allow access to the popular Appalachian Trail handicapped-accessible boardwalk over the Pochuck Creek wetlands.

The Heritage and Agriculture Association Inc. received $21,500 for hiking and equine trails at Lusscroft Farm.

In Warren County, Stephens State Park received $8,500 for the Musconetcong River Kayaking Trail.

Sussex and Warren counties are among the counties that will benefit from $24,988 granted to the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association for park infrastructure improvements and $24,990 for trail tools, supplies and training.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation also received $23,500 for a statewide trail inventory that includes trails in Sussex and Warren counties.

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference was granted $7,416 for Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties for managing invasive plant species along trails and another $24,200 in Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties for a trail conditions inventory.

Applications for the next round of federal grants are now being accepted by the DEP for consideration for funding in 2011 to develop, maintain and improve trails throughout New Jersey. The federal funds, which are administered by the DEP’s Office of Natural Lands Management, can be used to improve access to open space, enhance environmental resources, create urban and suburban corridors and provide additional hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities.

The deadline to apply to the DEP is Dec. 15.

Those interested in additional grant information, an application form, or who want to read New Jersey’s 2009 Trails Plans Update, should visit www.trails.nj.gov.

Source:
http://www.njherald.com/story/news/04Trail-funds
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