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December 08, 2004 (rt23 news) - (04/137) TRENTON -- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the DEP will allocate up to $1.2 million in federal funds to improve and to develop trails statewide.

"Outdoor trails provide residents with many ways to enjoy New Jersey’s outstanding natural resources," Acting Governor Richard J. Codey said. "These grants will help us improve New Jersey’s trail system and provide greater access for everyone."

"The Recreational Trails Program provides the public with recreational use of the state’s premiere trail network," said Campbell. "The grants will improve access to open space, enhance environmental resources and provide additional hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities."

DEP will award $528,000 for the development, construction and restoration of 32 trail sites recommended for funding by the New Jersey Trails Council and approved by the Federal Highway Administration. The trails are located in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.

DEP also has reserved almost $165,000 for the development of future motorized trail projects.

In addition to projects already funded, DEP expects to make available up to $700,000 in additional federal grants in 2005 contingent upon congressional reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Bill. These grants will be administered through a competitive process, with recipients required to provide 20 percent in matching funds.

Counties, municipalities and non-profit agencies have until December 15, 2004 to apply for the anticipated 2005 funding. Interested parties can contact the DEP Trails Program at (609) 984-1339. More information is available at

2004 Recreational Trail Projects

ApplicantProjectApproved Amount
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest – Passaic CountyTrailhead Access$18,400
Allaire State Park – Monmouth CountyTrail Restoration$3,500
Allamuchy Mountain State Park – Sussex CountySussex Branch Trail Links$3,000
Appalachian Trail Conference – Passaic, Sussex, Warren Cos.Mid-Atlantic Maintenance$10,106
Atlantic County Park System – Atlantic CountyTrails Enhancement$12,160
Bloomingdale Borough – Passaic CountyNorvin Green State Forest Trailhead$14,800
Bridgewater Township – Somerset CountyMiddlebrook Trail Construction$10,166
Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park – Somerset CountyCanoe/Kayak Program$1,400
Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League – Atlantic CountyReady to Ride Training & Maintenance$50,000
Franklin Township – Somerset CountyGriggs-Park Greenway Trail Improvements$25,000
High Point State Park – Sussex CountyWinter Interpretive Program$2,000
Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association – Mercer CountyMercer Park Trail Improvements$15,000
Kearny Town – Hudson CountyKearny Riverbank Park$25,000
Lawrence Township – Mercer CountyVillage Park (Lawrence Hopewell Trail)$25,000
Monmouth Battlefield State Park – Monmouth CountyInterpretive Trail Guide$7,000
New Jersey Conservation Foundation – Hunterdon CountyWickecheoke Creek Preserve$24,170
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference – Sussex CountyAppalachian Trail Improvements$17,780
New Jersey Youth Corps of Plainfield – Union, Somerset Cos.Greenbrook Park$25,000
Northfield City – Atlantic CountyBirch Grove Park Enhancement$21,000
Passaic River Coalition – Bergen CountyPassaic River Park$22,295
Paterson City – Passaic CountyRoberto Clemente Park$25,000
Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee – Sussex, Warren CountiesTrail Signage$6,807
Pequannock Township – Morris CountyMountainside Park$8,724
Readington Township – Hunterdon CountyTrail Construction & Improvements$14,060
State Park Service – Multiple CountiesTrail Map Brochures$25,000
Tewksbury Township – Hunterdon CountyNorth Trails$23,000
The Nature Conservancy – Sussex CountyMuckshaw Ponds Preserve$15,000
Wawayanda State Park – Sussex CountyBicycle Route Completion$20,000
Wawayanda State Park – Sussex CountyLake Circular Trail$24,800
? Wetlands Institute – Cape May CountyJersey Islands Blueway$22,000
Wharton State Forest – Burlington CountyTrailhead Signs$7,470
YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason – Warren CountyRidge and Valley Trail$3,395
Total Approved Amount $528,033



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December 08, 2004


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