By Charles Pekow –
Trails in Montana can share in a new source of funding. In May, the state legislature enacted SB 24, which increases vehicle registration fees and earmarks the additional funds for outdoor recreational purposes such as bike trails. The legislation sets up a new Trails and Recreational Facilities Account and Grant Program. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks will operate the fund. Local governments and private recreational organizations can get grants to build and rehab trails and finance accessories such as trailheads, signs, picnic tables, fencing, etc.
Grantees can use up to seven percent of the money for administrative expenses and would get three years to spend a grant.
Registration fees will vary depending on the age and weight of the auto, trailer, boat or snowmobile. The law takes effect next January (https://legiscan.com/MT/research/SB24).