The Recreational Trails Program is still at risk of elimination at the state level. Despite being preserved at the federal level, the latest transportation bill – MAP-21 – allows state governors to opt out of the program if they notify the U.S. Secretary of Transportation of their decision no later than 30 days before the funds are apportioned. This year’s opt-out deadline is Sept. 1.

On behalf of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), IMBA is leading the development of a campaign intended to persuade state governors to continue funding RTP. The coalition has prepared a letter (hosted by IMBA) to be sent to each governor. All organizations in each state that support the RTP (not individuals) – including equestrian, motorized recreation, hiking, trail running, climbing, snow sports and biking groups – are asked to sign on and reach out to other trail based recreation groups.

Take Action! Please show your support by signing your organization to the letter.

We need everyone’s help to reach out to their grassroots contacts, regional, state and local groups, and any other organizations that benefit from the RTP. Please ask them to join your group in signing the letter. Each letter will be customized to reflect the program’s impact in the state, with the state level groups listed above the national groups in the signature line.

By working together, we have made significant progress in the effort to protect the vital RTP funding source. We urgently need your help with what we hope will be a final hurdle.