Fall SORBA Events and Projects Updates
Bartram Trail Named National Recreation Trail (SC)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Bartram Trail, located at J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake in Clarks Hill, S.C., was recently designated by the Department of Interior as a national recreation trail. SORBA CSRA is a Corps partner, helping to build and maintain the Bartram Trail.
TN Accepting Proposals for 2013 Greenways and Trails Forum
The Tennessee Greenways and Trails Council and Recreational Educational Services is now accepting proposals for sessions at the upcoming forum to be held April 25-26, 2013, at Montgomery Bell State Park.
Recreational Trails Program Update
When Congress passed its latest transportation bill, it gave state governors the ability to opt in or out of Recreational Trails Program funding. All SORBA states, except Florida, opted in for RTP. Florida will fully fund RTP, but has transferred administration of the funds to the Florida Department of Transportation. The 2012 RTP cycle is in progress, and the 2013 call for applications has not yet begun, as states are waiting for Congress to release the money. SORBA chapters that have eligible projects should look to apply in the fall, between October and December.
RTP Information by State:
Public Comments for the Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan
Florida opened the official public comment period for the new Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan. The following draft documents are available for review and comment:
- 2013-2017 FGTS Plan Goals, Strategies and Objectives
- 2012 FGTS Land Trails and Paddling Trails Opportunity Maps
- 2012 FGTS Priority Trails Map
Visit the FGTS Plan web page to download these documents, provide comments and see the open house schedule. The open houses will also provide an opportunity to comment on the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and the U.S. Forest Service’s Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) Route Designation.