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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected a trail project at Knob Noster State Park near Knob Noster to receive an $86,985 grant from the federal Recreational Trails Program.
The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration. In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
Knob Noster State Park will use the grant for renovation and construction of the McAdoo Equestrian Trail. Heavily eroded sections of the trail will be repaired and rerouted out of the floodplain. The day-use trailhead will be relocated and constructed out of the floodplain and improved to provide ample parking for equestrian users. The project is expected to begin in late spring.
“All across Missouri, trails not only provide recreational and educational opportunities, they also are major outdoor attractions that strengthen communities and enhance the local economy,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “These grants, and the trails they will help build, represent solid partnerships between the state and the community organizations to benefit better physical and emotional health, smarter minds and stronger economies.”
“Many of these trails provide a way to explore scenic parts of Missouri as well as provide opportunities for healthy recreation, which supports Governor Nixon’s initiative to Get Outdoors,” said Bill Bryan, director of the department’s Division of State Parks. “On behalf of Gov. Nixon and the Department of Natural Resources, we are proud to be a part of this effort.”
The grant for Knob Noster State Park was among 32 grant recipients selected based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups. The grants were awarded based on the results of a competitive scoring process and the application’s suitability under funding provisions included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users or SAFETEA-LU. At least a 20 percent match is required by the applicant. A funding requirement targets 30 percent of the funding for motorized trails, 30 percent for non-motorized trails and 40 percent for diversified trail use.