2008-09 Off-Road Vehicle Grant Applications Available

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2008-09 Off-Road Vehicle Grant Applications AvailableDepartment of Natural Resources officials today announced that 2008-09 off-road vehicle (ORV) grant applications are available to public agencies, and nonprofit and incorporated clubs and organizations.

Applications are available for grants to maintain existing designated 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 maintain more than 3,100 miles of designated ORV trails and routes statewide,” said Steve Kubisiak, DNR recreation and trails program coordinator. “We 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 also will be considered.

Applications must be submitted by Aug. 1, 2008. Any public agency or nonprofit, incorporated club or organization seeking an application should contact DNR Grants Management, P.O. Box 30425, Lansing, MI 48909; (517) 373-9125. Forms also are available online at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

Questions about the ORV program and application requirements should be directed to ORV program staff in DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909; (517) 373-1665.

A separate application is available for grants to eligible county sheriff departments to enforce ORV regulations. Counties that have either designated ORV trails or abandoned railroad rights-of-way that are being converted into Michigan Trailways are eligible for law enforcement funding. For more information on ORV enforcement grant opportunities, contact Maureen Kay Houghton at (517) 373-2965 or visit the DNR Web site.