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    Exclamation Recreational Trails Program Needs Your Support

    This was forwarded to me. We need to spend a few minutes to write to our congressional delagation to tell them we need to have them preserve the funding for our trails. If the RTP is not renewed Alaska will receive a third of what we have been receiving for the past few years. This is a cut of more than one million dollars! Grooming money comes from this program so it will affect everyone that rides on a SnowTrac trail! Don't delay, act now!

    HELP! Recreational Trails Program
    Major trail funding program needs help now
    One of the most important sources of funding for trails in Alaska and across the nation, is in danger and needs your help.
    Trail and trail-user groups need to show their support for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by explaining to Congress that trails are an essential form of transportation, as well as being vital to our nation’s health, and therefore deserve a consistent and appropriate funding source.

    What is the RTP and why is it important?
    The RTP is part of the existing federal surface transportation funding program, known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was to officially expire at the end of 2010. Funding for these transportation programs is typically approved for several years, which is why little lobbying for this particular program has been needed for the past few years. A new multi-year transportation funding program is being worked on but has not been passed. Because of the current economy and political gridlock, SAFETEA-LU funding has been extended only temporarily through continuing resolutions.
    The major catch of continuing resolutions is that they don’t guarantee full fiscal year funding and the money comes in increments. Currently, Alaska's RTP funding has been allocated only $480,000 instead of the typical $1.5 million they program has received the for each of the past three years. If Congress does not act to extend funding of the bill before the end of this calendar year, then the $480,000 is likely what Alaska's Recreational Trails Program receives for all of 2011.
    Also, while political wrangling goes on to develop a new multi-year transportation bill, some groups and politicians have been trying hard to strip or severely cut back trails funding from transportation programs. Those groups and politicians argue that trails are not essential to the nation’s transportation.
    Alaska Trails and many others think this is outrageously unfair and extremely short sighted. Funding for the RTP comes from federal taxes on that portion of gasoline purchased for off-road motorized vehicles. If trails funding is cut from this transportation funding legislation then those gas taxes will pay only for highway construction and maintenance. Those funds pay for a variety of trail projects, so non-motorized users will be affected, too.
    Not only would taking the off-road gas taxes from trails be unfair, it would be bad for the nation. Trails get people outside and keep them active. Trails are a key factor in battling our nation’s obesity epidemic. Quite a few people commute via trails, so that’s less traffic and wear and tear on the roads. Trails allow people to get out in nature and take a mental break from life. The list goes on. If trails take a major hit, the nation takes a hit.

    Does this program really help Alaska?
    Yes! Every state gets RTP money and has a lot of say in how those funds are used. Alaska has received more than $1 million each year in RTP funding and distributed those funds to local groups and governments through the Alaska Recreational Trails Grant Program. To see a list of specific trail projects from across the state that have benefited from RTP funding, see the state’s RTP page (http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm). Scroll down to the bottom for a list of awards granted from 2006 to 2010.

    How can you fight for the RTP?
    If you believe that trails are an essential form of transportation and vital to our nation’s health then now is the time to speak up! Trail groups, trail user groups, individual trail users, trail managers, and anyone else involved with trails can influence this debate by letting their voice be heard loud and clear.

    Here are some suggestions:

    Call, write, or email our Congressional delegation
    * Congressman Don Young: https://donyoung.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx
    * Sen. Lisa Murkowski: http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
    * Sen. Mark Begich: http://begich.senate.gov/public/

    Get local governments to pass resolutions in support of RTP funding and then make sure our delegation gets that information.

    Get your group to support the Coalition for Recreational Trails: www.americantrails.org/rtp/crt.html

    Don’t procrastinate!
    Many people, including legislators, want the surface transportation funding bill to be passed soon. Many voices will be fighting for and against including RTP funding. If the bill is passed it likely will be in effect for several years. If we don’t save RTP funding now, we won’t have another reasonable chance to save this major trails funding source for several years. Please act quickly and loudly.
    At last report an extension of SAFETEA-LU (with the RTP included) passed the House and is awaiting Senate action. Such action will probably not take place until the new Congress is seated. With the current mood of change, a lot can happen. Please don’t be complacent and assume it will get passed. Besides this extension will last only until Sept. 2011.

    For more information on how you can help this essential program see this American Trails webpage: www.americantrails.org/reauth.html.

    -- Geoffrey Orth, Board President Alaska Trails www.alaska-trails.org P.O. Box 100627 Anchorage, AK 99510-0627 Anch: 907.334-8049 Fbks: 907.479.0014 geoffrey.orth@alaska-trails.org
    (907) 495-3374 WWW.DESHKALANDING.COM

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    Here's a question: If the grooming were reduced or ceased, would that have a financial effect on Deshka Landing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deshka Landing View Post
    This was forwarded to me. We need to spend a few minutes to write to our congressional delagation to tell them we need to have them preserve the funding for our trails. If the RTP is not renewed Alaska will receive a third of what we have been receiving for the past few years. This is a cut of more than one million dollars! Grooming money comes from this program so it will affect everyone that rides on a SnowTrac trail! Don't delay, act now!


    HELP! Recreational Trails Program
    Major trail funding program needs help now
    One of the most important sources of funding for trails in Alaska and across the nation, is in danger and needs your help.
    Trail and trail-user groups need to show their support for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by explaining to Congress that trails are an essential form of transportation, as well as being vital to our nation’s health, and therefore deserve a consistent and appropriate funding source.

    What is the RTP and why is it important?
    The RTP is part of the existing federal surface transportation funding program, known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which was to officially expire at the end of 2010. Funding for these transportation programs is typically approved for several years, which is why little lobbying for this particular program has been needed for the past few years. A new multi-year transportation funding program is being worked on but has not been passed. Because of the current economy and political gridlock, SAFETEA-LU funding has been extended only temporarily through continuing resolutions.
    The major catch of continuing resolutions is that they don’t guarantee full fiscal year funding and the money comes in increments. Currently, Alaska's RTP funding has been allocated only $480,000 instead of the typical $1.5 million they program has received the for each of the past three years. If Congress does not act to extend funding of the bill before the end of this calendar year, then the $480,000 is likely what Alaska's Recreational Trails Program receives for all of 2011.
    Also, while political wrangling goes on to develop a new multi-year transportation bill, some groups and politicians have been trying hard to strip or severely cut back trails funding from transportation programs. Those groups and politicians argue that trails are not essential to the nation’s transportation.
    Alaska Trails and many others think this is outrageously unfair and extremely short sighted. Funding for the RTP comes from federal taxes on that portion of gasoline purchased for off-road motorized vehicles. If trails funding is cut from this transportation funding legislation then those gas taxes will pay only for highway construction and maintenance. Those funds pay for a variety of trail projects, so non-motorized users will be affected, too.
    Not only would taking the off-road gas taxes from trails be unfair, it would be bad for the nation. Trails get people outside and keep them active. Trails are a key factor in battling our nation’s obesity epidemic. Quite a few people commute via trails, so that’s less traffic and wear and tear on the roads. Trails allow people to get out in nature and take a mental break from life. The list goes on. If trails take a major hit, the nation takes a hit.

    Does this program really help Alaska?
    Yes! Every state gets RTP money and has a lot of say in how those funds are used. Alaska has received more than $1 million each year in RTP funding and distributed those funds to local groups and governments through the Alaska Recreational Trails Grant Program. To see a list of specific trail projects from across the state that have benefited from RTP funding, see the state’s RTP page (http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/grants/trails.htm). Scroll down to the bottom for a list of awards granted from 2006 to 2010.

    How can you fight for the RTP?
    If you believe that trails are an essential form of transportation and vital to our nation’s health then now is the time to speak up! Trail groups, trail user groups, individual trail users, trail managers, and anyone else involved with trails can influence this debate by letting their voice be heard loud and clear.

    Here are some suggestions:

    Call, write, or email our Congressional delegation
    * Congressman Don Young: https://donyoung.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx
    * Sen. Lisa Murkowski: http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Contact
    * Sen. Mark Begich: http://begich.senate.gov/public/

    Get local governments to pass resolutions in support of RTP funding and then make sure our delegation gets that information.

    Get your group to support the Coalition for Recreational Trails: www.americantrails.org/rtp/crt.html

    Don’t procrastinate!
    Many people, including legislators, want the surface transportation funding bill to be passed soon. Many voices will be fighting for and against including RTP funding. If the bill is passed it likely will be in effect for several years. If we don’t save RTP funding now, we won’t have another reasonable chance to save this major trails funding source for several years. Please act quickly and loudly.
    At last report an extension of SAFETEA-LU (with the RTP included) passed the House and is awaiting Senate action. Such action will probably not take place until the new Congress is seated. With the current mood of change, a lot can happen. Please don’t be complacent and assume it will get passed. Besides this extension will last only until Sept. 2011.

    For more information on how you can help this essential program see this American Trails webpage: www.americantrails.org/reauth.html.

    -- Geoffrey Orth, Board President Alaska Trails www.alaska-trails.org P.O. Box 100627 Anchorage, AK 99510-0627 Anch: 907.334-8049 Fbks: 907.479.0014 geoffrey.orth@alaska-trails.org
    And, who decided that highway funds should pay for trails? And, how do they know which gallon of gas was used for off road use?
    Tim

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    Default Nope!

    No!!!!
    Because RTP does not fund the the trails out of Deshka Landing!
    Snow-Trac funds trail Grooming, Safety, Signing and Mapping.
    RTP spends most of our dollars surveying and getting easments so we have trails along with improvements as in trail heads and parking areas for the pubic. Remember just cause there is a trail there now, will it be there next year or will someone buy and put up a NO TRESPASSING and shoot at you?!!!!
    Please take the time to learn what RTP does for this State and HELP!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Boss View Post
    No!!!!




    Because RTP does not fund the the trails out of Deshka Landing!
    Snow-Trac funds trail Grooming, Safety, Signing and Mapping.
    RTP spends most of our dollars surveying and getting easments so we have trails along with improvements as in trail heads and parking areas for the pubic. Remember just cause there is a trail there now, will it be there next year or will someone buy and put up a NO TRESPASSING and shoot at you?!!!!

    Please take the time to learn what RTP does for this State and HELP!!!!

    How are those funds tracked through the General fund and how do you know the legislator's past and present don't or won't look at the Taxes on fuel coming into the state to determine how much to give to DNR for SNOTRACS?

    Once again I say NO SNOWTRACS funds should be spent on surveying right of ways for public easements. Those funds should be allocated strait from the General Fund by Legislator, too the proper department to survey and acquire public rights of ways just like any other Road. I think that DNR and DOT should be working together to accomplish this. The snowtracs committee could be prioritizing what trails and rights of way should be done first, as recommendations to the proper department.
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    If you want to protect trails stop calling them recreational! If you go for a drive down the Seward Highway on a Sunday afternoon, do you call it a Recreational drive? Getting from point A to point B in Alaska shouldn't be about Recreation?
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    Exclamation I hope this helps!

    DOT will have nothing to do with snowmachine trails and DNR has a very small staff for doing much if any of this. It seem after dealing with this for a lot of years that it is up to you and me to get these tranportation corridoors nail down and in to pubic hands.
    Again RTP is Federal Funds For Trail Projects that you need to put in a grant for. And this takes time!!!
    Snow-Trac is registration at $5 a year that funds some of the trail grooming in Alaskaand again is a grant deal. And also used for safety, signing and marking of trails all over the state. This is a small amout of money and does not go very far. Where RTP is over a millon a year and can go a long way.

    If You like Trails and would like to keep what you have and maybe get a few more you should help in anyway you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mit View Post
    I think that DNR and DOT should be working together to accomplish this.
    this shows how little you know about how the state government operates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Boss View Post
    DOT will have nothing to do with snowmachine trails and DNR has a very small staff for doing much if any of this. It seem after dealing with this for a lot of years that it is up to you and me to get these tranportation corridoors nail down and in to pubic hands.


    Again RTP is Federal Funds For Trail Projects that you need to put in a grant for. And this takes time!!!
    Snow-Trac is registration at $5 a year that funds some of the trail grooming in Alaskaand again is a grant deal. And also used for safety, signing and marking of trails all over the state. This is a small amout of money and does not go very far. Where RTP is over a millon a year and can go a long way.


    If You like Trails and would like to keep what you have and maybe get a few more you should help in anyway you can.
    DOT will do what they are told by the governor and the legislature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andweav View Post
    this shows how little you know about how the state government operates.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence!
    Tim

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    Exclamation DOT does not CARE!!!!

    Again DOT. is in it,'s own little world and you are not in touch with what is going on! They are now and in he future Not willing to take any care, maintenance or anything to do with snowmachine trails and it would take a act of GOD to have the Legislature change what they do!!!!
    And the Gov can't change this if he wanted too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Boss View Post
    Again DOT. is in it,'s own little world and you are not in touch with what is going on! They are now and in he future Not willing to take any care, maintenance or anything to do with snowmachine trails and it would take a act of GOD to have the Legislature change what they do!!!!


    And the Gov can't change this if he wanted too!
    I guess you didn't read what I wrote......
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    Funding for the RTP comes from federal taxes on that portion of gasoline purchased for off-road motorized vehicles.

    How do they figure this out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mit View Post
    Funding for the RTP comes from federal taxes on that portion of gasoline purchased for off-road motorized vehicles.

    How do they figure this out?
    By what is commonly know as a SWAG* calculation.


    *scientific wild ***** guess.
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