Corps Recognized in 2021 Coalition for Recreational Trails Awards
Every year, the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) recognizes outstanding trail projects that make use of Recreational Trail Program (RTP) funds. Service and Conservation Corps across the country frequently partner with local, state and federal resource managers to build and maintain trails. In addition to contributing critical labor to a project, Corpsmembers have an opportunity to hone their trail-building skills and connect with professionals in the field.
Corps have often led or contributed to CRT Award-winning projects. Here are four projects from the 2021 CRT Achievement Awards that member organizations of The Corps Network helped make possible.
- Statewide Fourteeners Maintenance – 2021 Maintenance and Rehabilitation
The Fourteeners Initiative hires Youth Corps and Crews to help maintain recreational trails that take hikers up to Colorado’s 14,000 ft peaks. This award recognizes the work done on over 14 miles of trails across 19 peaks. This project included contributions from organizations in the Colorado Youth Corps Association, including Southwest Conservation Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (Colorado), and Mile High Youth Corps.
- Neahkahnie Mountain to Manzanita Trail – 2021 Maintenance and Rehabilitation
The Neahkahnie Mountain to Manzanita Trail Project created a new segment of trail to the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT). The new trail segment connects the OCT trail to the town of Manzanita. Northwest Youth Corps played an important role in the trail’s construction.
- Bridge Buttress Trail – Enhancement of Federal Lands
The Bridge Buttress Trail Project is a partnership involving the Access Fund, New River Gorge National Park and the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC). This effort focused on stabilizing a heavily trafficked climbing and trail access point. The ACC AmeriCorps members contributed to the nearly 1,400 hours of work to complete the project.
- Waterloo Valley Trail Bridge – Engaging Public Sector Partners
The Waterloo Valley Trail Bridge Project created a safer and more accessible trail in Allamuchy Mountain State Park. With the help of the New Jersey Youth Corps, an unsafe make-shift bridge was replaced with a 6-foot-wide, 60-foot-long bridge installed for hikers use.
To learn more about Corps partnerships with trail and transportation managers, please visit: https://corpsnetwork.org/our-impact/trails-and-transportation/