Action Alert – Bonneville Shoreline Trail Appropriation to be considered in Utah State Legislature on 2-11-16

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail would benefit from an appropriation being considered in the 2016 Utah State Legislature. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail would benefit from an appropriation being considered in the 2016 Utah State Legislature. Photo by Dave Iltis

February 10, 2016 – The Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Davis County stands to benefit from an appropriation in the 2016 Utah state budget. On February 11, 2016, in the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee, there will be a hearing to determine if the $200,000 appropriation will stand. The appropriation would pay for construction and planning, including a NEPA study to determine the impact that the trail would have on Forest Service land.

The committee meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8 am in room 210 of the Utah Senate Building (at the Utah State Capitol) and is open to the general public. Interested citizens can email comments to the committee members.

When complete, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail will stretch 280 miles from Santaquin, Utah to Idaho.

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee sent this action alert to Cycling Utah today:

Yesterday morning Rep. Becky Edwards and Davis County Planning Director, Barry Burton went before the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee to request an appropriation for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The appropriation would pay for the required NEPA study for Davis County which is required before construction can happen on Forest Service land. This appropriation is very important as Davis County’s entire annual trails budget is not sufficient to pay for the NEPA.  There are many grants and funding sources that will pay for construction but it seems no one wants to pay for a study.  The NEPA has been the primary obstacle to completion of the BST in Davis County. Once the NEPA is complete, trail construction can be tackled in small manageable chunks.

Please act now as the committee votes tomorrow.

Please take a minute right now to contact the members of this subcommittee to express your support for this project. If you live in the district of one of these lawmaker please let them know that you are a constituent. I have copied all of their email addresses below.

Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee
Sen. David P. Hinkins, Senate Chair – [email protected] – 435-384-5550
Rep. Mike K. McKell, House Chair – [email protected] – 801-210-1495
Rep. Kay J. Christofferson, House Vice Chair – [email protected] – 801-592-5709
Sen. Jim Dabakis – [email protected] – 801-815-3533
Sen. Margaret Dayton – [email protected] – 801-221-0623
Sen. Scott K. Jenkins – [email protected] – 801-731-5120
Sen. Peter C. Knudson – [email protected] – 435-730-2026
Sen. Ralph Okerlund – [email protected] – 435-979-7077
Sen. Kevin T. Van Tassell – [email protected] – 435-790-0675
Rep. Scott H. Chew – [email protected] – 435-630-0221
Rep. Susan Duckworth – [email protected] – 801-250-0728
Rep. Brian M. Greene – [email protected] – 801-358-1338
Rep. Stephen G. Handy – [email protected] – 801-979-8711
Rep. Timothy D. Hawkes – [email protected] – 385-239-3600
Rep. Lynn N. Hemingway – [email protected] – 801-231-2153
Rep. Ken Ivory – [email protected] – 801-694-8380
Rep. Michael E. Noel – [email protected] – 435-616-5603
Rep. Lee B. Perry – [email protected] – 435-225-0430
Rep. Marc K. Roberts – [email protected] – 801-210-0155

For more information on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, see http://www.bonnevilleshorelinetrail.org/

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