Story last updated at 4/8/2009 - 11:03 am
JUNEAU - A federal program which funds trail projects throughout Alaska - including Juneau's Perseverance Trail and the Auke Lake Trail - will receive an additional $1.9 million this year.
Trail Mix, Juneau's nonprofit trail advocacy group, worked with former Sen. Ted Stevens several years ago to create the Alaska Trails Initiative. This statewide program funded nearly $4 million in trail projects during its first three years, including three major projects in Juneau.
When the last of this initial money was awarded in 2008, Trail Mix worked with Alaska's congressional delegation to include additional funding in the federal budget. Ultimately, the program was included in the omnibus bill signed by President Obama in early March.
Without the Alaska Trails Initiative, federal funding for most trail projects in Alaska would be capped at $50,000. Reconstructing Juneau's Perseverance Trail, the largest project funded by the program, cost nearly $800,000.
The Alaska Trails Initiative is administered by Alaska State Parks, but any trail project on public land is eligible to receive funding. Since 2005, the program has funded projects on federal, state and local lands, improving access for hikers, skiers, snowmachines and off-road vehicles.
For more information on this or any trail-related project in Juneau, call Trail Mix, Inc. at 790-6406.