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Hunterdon parks receive federal funds for trail repair, upkeep
Hunterdon County was among the recipients of federal recreational trails grants allocated to 48 projects in New Jersey this year.
A $22,050 grant was awarded to the nonprofit Student Conservation Association (SCA) to work with the Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation to repair and improve trails at Musconetcong Gorge Preserve in Holland Township. Last summer the SCA helped with trails in the Point Mountain Reservation in Lebanon Township.
Voorhees State Park in Lebanon Township will get $8,000 for trail maintenance. Bull’s Island Recreation Area which is partly in Hunterdon and partly in Mercer County will buy maintenance equipment with a $17,600 grant and a maintenance trailer for $5,000.
The Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association which has trails through several counties including Hunterdon, will fund park infrastructure improvements with $24,998 and get trail tools, supplies and training with a $24,990 grant.
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. Federal, state, county and local government agencies, and nonprofit groups are eligible for the federal funds.
For grant information, an application form, or to read New Jersey’s 2009 Trails Plans Update, offering goals and strategic actions for the state’s trails efforts, visit trails.nj.gov.
Hunterdon County Democrat