New Jersey's Recreational Trails Program provides $2 million annually in trail funding. It is a component of the Transportation Alternatives Program authorized by Congress under MAP 21. Each year the NJ Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) has awarded $25,000 grants to help build, promote and maintain trails.
However the (DEP) just suspended the Recreational Trails Program for 2014, directing staff resources to the NJ Blue Acres
program. And while that program is an important endevour for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, it means that no one at the NJ DEP will manage the 2014 allocation or award to funds to recipients of the 2013 program, which include the repair of trails that have been damaged by the storm .
Since the trails program began in 1993, more than $17 million has been awarded to state, county and local government agencies and nonprofits in New Jersey.
Please help New Jersey keep its federal Recreational Trails Program.
Send an email to Robert Martin
, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and urge him restore New Jersey's Recreational Trail Program.