ADECA Recreation Trails Program – FY2009 Funding Cycle

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created in 1998 to assist in acquiring, developing, or improving trail and trail-related resources. Eligible applicants include federal and state agencies, local governments and private sector organizations (see eligible organizations and agencies).

Applications submitted during this funding cycle will be competing for appropriations from fiscal year 2009 beginning October 1, 2008.

All eligible project sponsors are notified of the timing and application procedures, in writing, at the beginning of the cycle. The applications are reviewed, rated, and ranked by ADECA program staff and up to four members of the Alabama Recreational Trails Advisory Board.

Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2008, through September 2, 2008.

Eligible applicants are Local Governments, State Agencies, Federal
Agencies, and Private Organizations (with a public co-sponsor).
Applications may be submitted for the following activities:

  • Development of urban trail linkages near homes and workplaces.
    This category includes trail linkages to schools, parks, and existing
  • Maintenance of existing recreational trails.
  • Restoration of areas damaged by usage of recreational trails and back country terrain.
  • Development of trail-side and trail-head facilities that meet
    goals identified by the National Recreational Trails Advisory
    Committee. This includes trail components or associated facilities
    which serve the purpose and safe use of the recreational trail and may
    include but are not limited to the following: 1) Drainage, 2)
    Crossings, 3) Stabilization, 4) Parking, 5) Signage, 6) Controls, 7)
    Shelters, and 8) Water, Sanitary, and Access Facilities.
  • The provision of features which facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities.
  • The acquisition of easements for trails, or for corridors identified in a state trail plan.

The acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller.
The construction of new trails on state, county, municipal, or private
lands, where a recreational need for such construction is shown.  Only
as otherwise permissible, and where necessary and required by a State
Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), construction of new
trails crossing federal lands, where such construction is approved by
the administering agency of the state, and the federal agency or
agencies charged with management of all impacted lands, such approval
to be contingent upon compliance by the federal agency with all
applicable laws.  Purchase of trail maintenance equipment (certain
restrictions apply). Please contact ADECA’s Recreation Programs staff
if you are interested in obtaining more information about the
Recreational Trails Program or require technical assistance. For
additional information contact Rob Grant, Recreation Programs Director
Phone: 334-242-5483 Fax: 334-242-3381 E-mail: Jody Waites, Program Supervisor Phone:
334-353-4384 Fax: 334-353-4311 E-mail: or

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