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RTP Governor Sign-On Letter

*Update: Our letter closed August 10. Thank you to all of the 1154 groups that signed their support!

The Honorable (NAME)
Governor of (STATE)
Address
City, State Zip

July 25, 2012

Dear Governor (NAME):

We, the undersigned organizations,  are writing to ensure that the state of (STATE) continues funding the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Moving Ahead For Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the surface transportation legislation signed into law on July 6, included language passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that continued dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails Program. This program distributes $85 million in federal funding to states to support the construction, maintenance and development of trails for all types of recreation, trails that are catalysts for tourism and economic development, while providing valuable access to public lands.

The Recreational Trails Program plays an essential role in funding trail programs and projects in (STATE). The RTP funding-distribution process is proven, having successfully funded more than 13,000 projects across the nation over the past 19 years. During the life of the program our state has received $X (STATE Specfic #) to fund more than X # (STATE Specific #) of trail projects.

The RTP has a dedicated funding source in a portion of the federal fuel taxes collected for non-highway, recreational use. This return of gas taxes to trail users is in keeping with the user-pay, user-benefit philosophy of the Highway Trust Fund. Opting out of funding for RTP  would deny the benefit of these gas taxes to the people who pay them.

RTP funds are utilized by state transportation departments and natural resource agencies in cooperation with citizen advisory committees and a network of organizations and communities. These partners leverage available funding with cash and in-kind support — often doubling available federal funds.

Trails are an investment in the economic future of our communities and our public lands, while encouraging healthy outdoor activity that connects people of all ages and backgrounds to the environment — which is good for them and good for the world that surrounds them. The RTP is the foundation for that investment.  We strongly urge you to continue this vital funding and oppose any efforts to opt out of this important program. If RTP were to lose its funding, organized trail planning and development would largely vanish in our state.


Sincerely,

State Organization Groups

National Groups

The Alliance for Biking and Walking
America Bikes
American Council of Snowmobile Associations
American Hiking Society
American Horse Council
American Motorcyclist Association
American Recreation Coalition
American Trails
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
Back Country Horsemen of America
Bikes Belong
BlueRibbon Coalition
The Corps Network
Equine Land Conservation Resource
International Association of Snowmobile Administrators
International Mountain Bicycling Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of Recreation Resource Planners
National Association of State Trail Administrators
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
National Recreation and Park Association
Partnership for the National Trails System
Professional Trail Builders Association
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
SnowSports Industries America
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
Student Conservation Association
Tread Lightly!
United Four Wheel Drive Associations
Alta Planning + Design
America Outdoors Association
American Discovery Trail Society
American Quarter Horse Association
American Society of Landscape Architects
East Coast Greenway Alliance
Groundwork USA
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Competitive Trail Horse Association
National Forest Recreation Association
North American Trail Ride Conference
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Western States Tourism Policy Council
National Association of State Park Directors
All-Terrain Vehicle Association
The Wilderness Society
Public Land Service Coalition
National Wildlife Federation
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Boy Scouts of America
Outdoor Industry Association

 

Your Organization

Please sign my organization to the above letter in support of the Recreational Trails Program. To view the other groups in your state that have signed on, click the above link.

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