Trail work gets influx of dollars

The Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation recently approved trail funding for 27 counties — including Kitsap.

The Interagency Committee (IAC) approved a total of $5.7 million for disbursement throughout counties in Washington. Of that, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recieved $25,010 for the areas of Tahuya and Green Mountain state forests that lie in Kitsap county. The money will be spent on providing patrols and maintaining trails.

“Washington has so many great places to recreate,” said Laura Johnson, director of the IAC. “These grants invest money in providing critical maintenance of existing trails and campgrounds and in developing new places to keep up with the demand.”

Grant applications were recieved early this year and were ranked by a 15-member evaluation team in four categories. The funding, which comes from fuel taxes and fees paid to the state, is distributed through Non-highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) program grants.

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