The American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with a broad coalition of recreation trail users is requesting that Congress re-authorize the Recreation Trail Program (RTP) and increase funding for the program.
The RTP, which was last re-authorized in 2005 funds projects consisting of construction, maintenance and restoration of trails and trail-related facilities as well as the acquisition of easements or property for trails. Although each state manages its own program, 30% of RTP funds must be spent on non-motorized projects like equestrian trails, 30% on motorized, and 40% percent on multiuse projects.
It is important to remember that the RTP is one of the few sources for federal funding of trail projects that are not on federal land available to equestrians. The program has been a great resource for equestrians to fund projects in their state and local parks.
The AHC urges AHA and its members to contact Congress and voice support for this program. Let Congress know this program is important to the horse community. Contact Representatives and Senators with the same message. Grassroots support for this program is very important
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AHA is a major equine association serving 37,000 members across North America. It registers and maintains a database of more than one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses and administers approximately $4 million in annual prize money. AHA produces championship events, recognizes close to 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org or visit ArabianHorses.org
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