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Trail Projects in N.M. Will Share in Federal Funding

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nearly $1.6 million being awarded for eight projects selected under the Recreational Trails Program


Eight trail projects in New Mexico will share in nearly $1.6 million in federal funding that is being awarded by New Mexico State Parks through the 2009 Recreational Trails Program.

State officials said in a news release Monday that the funding will support maintenance of 90 miles of existing trails and development of 9.5 miles of new trails.

The Recreational Trails Program, which is managed by the State Parks Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, is a federal aid program that assists communities and other entities in the construction and maintenance of trails, according to the news release.

The program provides up to 80 percent of a project’s total cost with a minimum 20 percent match from the sponsoring entity, the news release said. Projects are recommended for funding by the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Board, a panel of trail users and experts from across the state. Eligible projects include motorized and non-motorized new trail construction, maintenance, trailhead improvements and acquisition of land or right-of-way for trails.

The news release says the 2009 Recreational Trails Program grant recipients are:

  • New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance, $332,392, to restore and upgrade 60 miles of multi-use trail in the Cedro Peak area of the Cibola National Forest.
  • City of Truth or Consequences, $93,844, to purchase and install trail signage and amenities along three miles of the Healing Waters Trail.
  • City of Clovis, $15,000, to restore six miles of motorized-use trail at Ned Houk Park.
  • McKinley County, $187,894, for trailhead construction and trail enhancement in the McGaffey area of the Cibola National Forest.
  • Chimayo Youth Conservation Corps, $383,377, for access and safety enhancements and restoration activities on a BLM-owned multi-use recreation area near Espanola.
  • City of Hobbs, $300,000, for construction of 1.25 miles of a jog/bike trail along N.M. 18.
  • Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, $128,000, to purchase and install interpretive signage along the main pedestrian trail in the park.
  • Elephant Butte Lake State Park, $140,140, to construct four additional miles of the Rio Grande Trail in the park below the main dam.