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 Jerseys outstanding natural resources," Acting Governor Richard J. Codey said. "These grants will help us improve New Jerseys trail system and provide greater access for everyone."
"The Recreational Trails Program provides the public with recreational use of the states 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 Transportations 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 http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/natural/njtrails.html
2004 Recreational Trail Projects
|Applicant||Project||Approved Amount |
| Abram S. Hewitt State Forest Passaic County||Trailhead Access||$18,400 |
|Allaire State Park Monmouth County||Trail Restoration||$3,500 |
| Allamuchy Mountain State Park Sussex County||Sussex Branch Trail Links||$3,000 |
| Appalachian Trail Conference Passaic, Sussex, Warren Cos.||Mid-Atlantic Maintenance||$10,106 |
| Atlantic County Park System Atlantic County||Trails Enhancement||$12,160 |
| Bloomingdale Borough Passaic County||Norvin Green State Forest Trailhead||$14,800 |
| Bridgewater Township Somerset County||Middlebrook Trail Construction||$10,166 |
| Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Somerset County||Canoe/Kayak Program||$1,400 |
| Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League Atlantic County||Ready to Ride Training & Maintenance||$50,000 |
| Franklin Township Somerset County||Griggs-Park Greenway Trail Improvements||$25,000 |
| High Point State Park Sussex County||Winter Interpretive Program||$2,000 |
| Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association Mercer County||Mercer Park Trail Improvements||$15,000 |
| Kearny Town Hudson County||Kearny Riverbank Park||$25,000 |
| Lawrence Township Mercer County||Village Park (Lawrence Hopewell Trail)||$25,000 |
| Monmouth Battlefield State Park Monmouth County||Interpretive Trail Guide||$7,000 |
| New Jersey Conservation Foundation Hunterdon County||Wickecheoke Creek Preserve||$24,170 |
| New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Sussex County||Appalachian Trail Improvements||$17,780 |
| New Jersey Youth Corps of Plainfield Union, Somerset Cos.||Greenbrook Park||$25,000 |
| Northfield City Atlantic County||Birch Grove Park Enhancement||$21,000 |
| Passaic River Coalition Bergen County||Passaic River Park||$22,295 |
| Paterson City Passaic County||Roberto Clemente Park||$25,000 |
| Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee Sussex, Warren Counties||Trail Signage||$6,807 |
| Pequannock Township Morris County||Mountainside Park||$8,724 |
| Readington Township Hunterdon County||Trail Construction & Improvements||$14,060 |
| State Park Service Multiple Counties||Trail Map Brochures||$25,000 |
| Tewksbury Township Hunterdon County||North Trails||$23,000 |
| The Nature Conservancy Sussex County||Muckshaw Ponds Preserve||$15,000 |
| Wawayanda State Park Sussex County||Bicycle Route Completion||$20,000 |
| Wawayanda State Park Sussex County||Lake Circular Trail||$24,800 |
|? Wetlands Institute Cape May County||Jersey Islands Blueway||$22,000 |
| Wharton State Forest Burlington County||Trailhead Signs||$7,470 |
| YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason Warren County||Ridge and Valley Trail||$3,395 |
| || || |
|Total Approved Amount ||$528,033 |