$100,000 goes to local trails

Posted: Monday, February 21, 2000

Juneau has scored more than $100,000 of $500,000 in statewide trail project grants announced by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Grant money will be used to improve the Montana Creek, Auk Nu and Lake Creek trails and groom several cross-country ski routes.

``The individual grants may be small, but they support projects that make big differences for communities,'' Knowles said in a Friday news release.

Grants to local communities and organizations statewide range from $30,000 to $1,800. Recipients must match the grants with 20 percent of the money.

Juneau projects were awarded more grant money than those of any other community in the state. The projects include:

$30,000 for Montana Creek Trail improvements and streambank stabilization. The money is for reconstruction of two miles of existing trail along the creek near Mendenhall Lake. Improvements include reconstruction of trail surface, stabilization of trail slopes and trail drainage improvements. The funding goes to Trail Mix, a nonprofit group.

$30,000 to Trail Mix for repair of dangerous sections of the Auk Nu and Spaulding Meadow trails.

$8,750 to Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center for half the cost of putting on two avalanche safety education workshops.

$30,000 to Trail Mix to repair damaged trail surface and install culverts to improve drainage along the first 1,500 feet of the Lake Creek Trail near Auke Bay. The work is aimed at improving snowmobile access.

$14,000 to the Juneau Nordic Ski Club to buy trail-grooming equipment for classic and skating cross-country lanes.

The Nordic Ski Club funding will improve trail grooming in the Mendenhall Glacier recreation area, the Mendenhall River Trail and the Eagle Beach recreation area, said club treasurer Marc Scholten.

With an annual budget of only $3,000, the club will be matching the grant with volunteer labor, he said.

The funding was awarded per the recommendations of the Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska Citizens Advisory Board. The board - working with the state departments of Transportation, Fish and Game, and Natural Resources, along with the Division of Tourism - chose from among 65 applications for the funding.

In addition to local grants, more than $80,000 was awarded for statewide efforts to train trail-builders and for recording rights-of-way.

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