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TPWD News Release — Aug. 29, 2005

TPW Commission Approves $4 Million In Texas Trail Grants

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved funding Aug. 25 for 37 National Recreational Trail Grant projects across the state totaling $3,930,795.

Recreational trail grants are administered by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Grant applications are approved based on recommendations from the Texas Trails Advisory Board. Funding for the grants comes from a portion of the federal gasoline tax representing gas purchases for off-road recreational vehicles, such as off-road motorcycles and four-wheelers.

The purpose of the National Recreational Trails Fund is to provide funding for projects that create new and maintain existing motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.

This round of grants includes six motorized trail projects awarded to the cities of Big Spring and Bridgeport and to the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, Judy Jernigan, Texas Engine-Run Rec. Assn. and the Texas Off-Roaders Association, as detailed below. These grants help fulfill a goal to provide appropriate places for off-road motor vehicle recreation in Texas, an outcome of a state law passed several years ago to ban motor vehicle traffic in riverbeds.

Three grants to the city of Grand Prairie, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Cedar Hill State Park detailed below are all part of the same project, a long-term plan to create a 70-mile trail around Lake Joe Pool in Dallas County.

Grants are listed below by county.

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