Grants could enhance local trails and recreation facilities damaged by fires and floods

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Photo by Roger Phillips
It’s the time of year when various agencies apply for grants through the Idaho Department of Recreation to use the money you pay for registration fees on boats, RVs, motorcycles, ATVs and other off-road vehicles, as well as federal gas taxes. Here are some projects being proposed by the Boise National Forest. Much of the proposed projects are to repair damage from last summer’s wildfires in the Anderson Ranch Reservoir/South Fork Boise River area. The are was damaged after massive wildfires and flash floods hit. These projects will compete against other grant proposals from different agencies and organizations.

Projects are funded by the different programs, such as, Recreation Trails Program (RTP), Waterways Improvement Fund (WIF), Motorbike Recreation Account (MBR), Off-Road Motor Vehicle Fund (ORMV) and Recreation Vehicle Fund (RV). Representatives of different user groups sit on panels and recommend which proposals to fund.

Here’s the list from the Boise National Forest.
• Install three trail bridges in the Idaho City area (MBR funds).
• Repair the Non-Motorized Bay House Trail near Graham on the Idaho City Ranger District (RTP funds).
• Improve approximately 45 miles of trail within 10 miles of Idaho City by brushing and better signage (ORMV funds).
• Enhance enforcement and signing on Idaho City Ranger District trails (ORMV funds).
• Improve over 100 miles of fire damaged trails in the Danskin Mountain OHV area (ORMV funds).
• Support reconstruction of the Elk Creek Boat Launch on Anderson Ranch Reservoir damaged in a 2013 flood (WIF funds).
• Rebuild Tail Water and Evans Creek Campgrounds damaged in a 2013 flood (RV funds).

“All grant proposals would improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards,” Boise National Forest officials said. Implementation of all grants received would begin in late summer with the exception of the RV grant which would be implemented in fall 2014/Spring 2015. Comments or requests for more information may be submitted to Megan Impson, Idaho City Ranger District at PO BOX 129, Idaho City, ID, 83631, or by calling 392-3733.

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