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Lopez Community Trail Network to benefit from NPS program

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service will help local communities implement more than 200 natural resource and recreational projects under the agency’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). Lopez Island's Community Trail Network is one of the projects included in the list Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on January 12, 2012.

Communities from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are working in partnership with the National Park Service.

This year, in Washington state, RTCA is working with:

  • County on the Central Klickitat Recreation Connections Projec
  • Ferry County Rail Corridor Committee on the Ferry County Rail Trail Project
  • Whatcom County Health Department on the Healthy Communities “Hub” Development Project
  • EarthCorps on the Hylebos Watershed Action Plan Project
  • Underwood on the Jewett Creek Community Greenway Project
  • Urban Greenspaces Institute on the Intertwine Regional Conservation Project
  • Vancouver-Clark Parks
  • Lopez Community Trail Network on the Lopez Community Trail Network Project
  • Pioneer Farm Museum
  • Washington and the Green Futures Research and Design Lab on the Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy Project
  • City of Roslyn on the Roslyn Urban Forest Comprehensive Recreation Plan Project
  • Southwest Washington Boys and Girls Club and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on the Vancouver-Portland Metro Regional Youth Action Plan Project
  • Town of Wilkeson on the Wilkeson's Coke Oven Park Project
  • Cowiche Canyon Conservancy on the William O. Douglas Trail Project

To read more about these projects, visit: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/whatwedo/projects/WA.pdf

To see how RTCA is assisting communities nationwide, visit: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/whatwedo/projects_by_state.html

"One of the major goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative is to reconnect Americans to nature by expanding recreational opportunities," Salazar said. "Through the RTCA program, the National Park Service will provide expertise and assistance to local communities that are building trails and undertaking other conservation and recreation projects."

Under the RTCA program, the National Park Service helps communities and neighborhoods to preserve valuable open spaces, revitalize nearby rivers, and develop trail and greenway networks. This year’s projects were selected from the most competitive field of requests ever received by the agency.

Projects are locally conceived and initiated, with RTCA staff supporting community based recreation and conservation leaders. Each year, RTCA project partnerships contribute to the construction of 1,700 miles of trail, conservation of nearly 1,000 miles of river, and protection of more than 50,000 acres of open space.

More than 20 of the projects included in the RTCA project announcement today also were highlighted in the America ’s Great Outdoors 50-State report released by Secretary Salazar in November. The report listed more than 100 high-priority projects representing what states believe are among the best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country. Interior is working closely with states and local communities to advance these priority projects as quickly as possible.

For more information on the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program, please visithttp://www.nps.gov/rtca.

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