PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has awarded Recreational
Trails Program (RTP) funding of nearly $1 million to several
communities, state parks and the Black Hills National Forest. The
federal assistance program provides up to 80 percent reimbursement
for public recreational trail-related improvement projects.
The following local sponsors were awarded grants for
non-motorized trail construction and upgrades: Aberdeen, Brookings,
Fort Pierre, Lead, Mitchell, Pierre and Grant County.
State-managed areas were awarded grants for trail improvement
projects at Angostura Recreation Area, Custer State Park, George S.
Mickelson Trail and the McNenny Fish Hatchery.
Motorized trail project funding was awarded to the U.S. Forest
Service Black Hills National Forest for off-highway vehicle trail
system development and the Black Hills snowmobile trail system for
purchase of trail grooming equipment.
“All of these project sponsors have shown a strong commitment to
improving outdoor recreation in South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said.
“Their efforts benefit citizens all across the state.”
The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the Federal Highway
Administration and administered in South Dakota through the
Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The funding comes from the
Federal Highway Trust Fund, representing a portion of motor fuel
excise taxes collected from non-highway recreational fuel used for
off-highway snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway
motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.
Examples of trail projects funded by RTP include hiking,
bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian, cross-country skiing,
snowmobiling, off-road and all-terrain vehicle use.
For more information on the program, contact Randy Kittle,
Grants Coordinator, at 605-773-5490 or by email at