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Thursday, October 1, 2015

DNR seeks applications for OHV grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications for grants to support off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail projects and new trail proposals.

Application forms for projects on existing trails are due to a Parks and Trails Division area supervisor's office each year by Nov. 30. New trail proposals are accepted throughout the year.

First authorized in 1984, Minnesota's OHV trails assistance is a cost-share program intended to help develop and maintain trails for use by all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

Known as the OHV grant-in-aid program, it helps to establish and maintain recreational trails at the initiative of clubs and other organizations, with the support and participation of local government sponsors.

Organizations can apply for grant-in-aid funds through counties, cities or townships. All aspects of OHV trail development and maintenance are eligible for funding, including project administration, site planning, trail improvements, land acquisition for trail development, and trail maintenance. Proposals with a focus on maintaining or improving existing trails and trail systems will be assigned a higher priority.

Program and application information is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/recreation/gia_ohv.html or by contacting the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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