DENVER – Applications for the 2012-2013 Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Trails Grants are now available. There is $4 million in grants available for projects related to the use of OHVs on lands open to the public. OHVs include trail motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive vehicles. The grant application deadline is Dec. 1, 2011. The grant applications are available online at http://www.parks.state.co.us/OHVsandSnowmobiles/Pages/OHVsSnowmobiles.aspx

The grant funds are generated by OHV registration fees through the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund. OHV projects are also eligible for funding through the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Last year, $4.2 million in grants were awarded to 50 projects statewide.

The completed application packets should be submitted to Tom Metsa, OHV Program Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, at 13787 South Hwy 85, Littleton, Colorado 80125. The fax number is 303-470-0782. For additional information, contact Tom Metsa at Thomas.metsa@state.co.us

The Colorado State Trails Committee is composed of nine volunteer members appointed by the State Parks Board. The Colorado State Trails Committee includes a representative from each of the seven congressional districts, one at-large member each from the off-highway vehicle and snowmobile community and one member from the GOCO board.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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