The Arizona State Parks Board authorized seven projects funded with $542,321 from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and $339,108 from the federal Recreational Trails Program. These projects also include $209,116 in matching funds from agency funds and volunteers.
The seven projects approved include:
• $131,000 to Payson Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest to complete cultural and resource surveys in three areas where they intend to make future improvements on OHV facilities and routes;
• $53,000 to Tonto Recreation Alliance, Inc. to coordinate an Adopt-A-Trail program that will provide ongoing maintenance to selected OHV routes;
• $88,956 to the Tonto National Forest to complete surveys for archaeological sites to help and maintain OHV routes;
• $62,496 to the Prescott National Forest to maintain OHV routes;
• $244,777 to Coconino National Forest to do environmental analysis for the Cornville single track trail area, trail maintenance, and support facility development;
• $210,000 to the Coconino National Forest (Flagstaff Ranger District) to suppress dust emissions of the access road to the popular Cider Hills OHV Recreation Area;
• $91,000 to the Bureau of Land Management to help with travel management planning
The Arizona State Parks OHV Recreation Fund comes from gas taxes and since 1991 has spent $10 million on OHV trails, support facilities, trail signage, OHV maps, repair of damage and support for education and law enforcement.
The federal Recreational Trails Program provides another $775,000 for motorized trail development. In 2008 the Arizona Legislature required off-highway users to buy a $25 sticker for their license plates, which has raised $2 million since 2009.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department gets 35 percent of the money and the State Land Department gets 5 percent.
To apply for the next round of grants, visit at AZStateParks.com/grants.
Arizona State Parks develops the OHV recreation plan every five years with input from land managing agency staff, OHV user organizations, individual OHV users and the general public.