Three Bitterroot-based organizations are seeking grants through the state’s Recreation Trails Program.
Montana State Parks is currently seeking public comment on 76 grant proposals for the $1.5 million the agency has for the upcoming grant cycle. In total, organizations around the state have requested $3.56 million.
In the Bitterroot, three groups are seeking funds for projects ranging from a new park in Hamilton to ski trail grooming at Chief Joseph Pass to trail restoration work in the Selway Bitterroot and Frank Church wildernesses.
The Bitter Root Land Trust requested $98,985 for the proposed “Skalkaho Bend” park along the Bitterroot River in Hamilton. The new 70-acre park will feature a trailhead parking area, bridges and other projects along two new miles of nature trails.
The Bitterroot Cross-County Ski Club seeks $50,250 to help pay for grooming the trail system used by cross-country skiers as well as other nonmotorized and motorized users at Chief Joseph Pass.
The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation would spend $12,956 to reopen and restore about 36 miles of wilderness trails in the two wilderness areas.
The public comment period on the proposed grants is open through Saturday, March 9.
A complete list of trails grant applicants under consideration is available online at: stateparks.mt.gov/recreation and click on “Recreational Trails Program.” Copies of individual RTP applications are available upon request at 406-444-7642.