The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the 2012-13 off-road vehicle (ORV) trail grant applications are available to public agencies and non-profit incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available (from the ORV Trail Improvement Fund) for grants to maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes and use areas; repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and develop new ORV trails, routes and use areas. Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements.

“We currently have 30 dedicated trail sponsors that maintain more than 3,600 miles of state-designated ORV trails and routes statewide,” said Steve Kubisiak, DNR recreation and trails program coordinator. “We depend on these partnerships to maintain the trails, and encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us maintain Michigan’s great ORV trail system.”

Grant applications are prioritized to address existing trail maintenance and restoration needs on public land. New trail, route and scramble area development proposals will also be considered.

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2012. Any public agency or non-profit incorporated club or organization seeking an application should contact DNR-Forest Resources Division at 517-373-1275 or P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952. The forms are available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Under the Grant Programs menu select Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program and then select Forms and Publications. Questions regarding the ORV trail grant program can be directed to Amanda Matelski at matelskia@michigan.gov or 231-775-9727, ext. 9044.

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is a restricted fund, made possible by using 100 percent of ORV user fees, to support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration and law enforcement.

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