The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation has announced the fall grant round for projects proposing land acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, equipment purchase or educational programs for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or snowmobile trails and facilities. Grant funding is awarded through a competitive grant application process. Applicants can apply between August 3, 2020, and September 30, 2020, by means of the Department’s online grant application portal. A brief recorded webinar on the ATV and snow-mobile grant program is available on the Department’s website. More information about these grant opportunities and the application process is available at https://brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov
On May 19, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that May 19 was the opening day statewide for all All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in state forests.
Dunn noted this is occurring several days before the start of the normal season – typically the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday – to reduce opening weekend crowding and provide more opportunities for social distancing.
“In most years, the opening weekend and other holiday weekends throughout the summer tend to draw large amounts of ATV enthusiasts to trails,” Dunn said. “While ATV riders ride on separate machines at distances farther apart than six feet, the parking areas will be crowded on the bigger weekends, including the opener.
“DCNR is opening the trails several days early to spread out the crowds and allow for greater social distancing practices as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts,” Dunn said.
The opening date also applies to designated motorcycle trails in Bald Eagle State Forest, including a dual sport trail running through the Seven Mountains region and a trail for off-highway motorcycles on Shade Mountain.
ATV riding is only permitted on designated trails in Pennsylvania state forests. State forest roads, state parks, and state game lands are not open to ATV riding.
The DCNR website has the locations of the 11 ATV trail systems on state forest lands.
All ATVs in Pennsylvania — except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes — need to be registered and titled. There are approximately 170,000 registered ATVs in Pennsylvania. All ATV registrations scheduled to expire through May 31 have been extended until June 30, 2020.
Rangers and forest district staff are actively patrolling and will enforce regulations.
People who live in areas still under stay-at-home orders should not travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and instead should look for opportunities close to home. ATV riders are encouraged to use the trail system closest to their home and to keep riding opportunities on private recreation areas in mind as well.
To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and protect others, and still enjoy the outdoors:
- Don’t recreate in groups – go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)
- Wear a mask if you will encounter other people
- Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
- If you are sick, stay home
On December 18, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced new grant funding totaling $647,300 that will support planning, construction, or maintenance on 157 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation at five sites in the commonwealth.
“These investments will support new miles of ATV trails for residents and visitors to enjoy, boosting the economic impact on nearby communities,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “The funds are generated when ATVs are registered, and are then put back into increasing opportunities for this outdoor recreation.”
The grants by county are:
Cambria and Clearfield
Rock Run Recreation, Inc., $121,300, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain approximately 140 miles of trail at Rock Run Recreation Area in Chest Township.
Mines and Meadows LLC, $390,600, to help with the acquisition of approximately 213 acres in New Beaver Borough for the expansion of Mines and Meadows ATV Park.
Earth Conservancy, $62,000, to prepare a feasibility study for an ATV facility in Newport Township.
Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Authority, $19,000, to include development of approximately four miles of trail on the Western Reserve of the AOAA in Coal Township.
Susquehanna and Wayne
Northeast Pennsylvania Sno Trails, Inc., $54,400, to prepare a trail study for the development of approximately 13 miles of the former Ontario and Western Railroad corridor for ATV use.
DCNR’s ATV grant program can help to buy land; develop plans and surveys; construct and maintain ATV trails; buy equipment; and conduct educational programs relating to ATV use.
The department can award grants from the ATV Management Restricted Account two times each year to municipalities and organizations for development of publicly accessible ATV trails and facilities.
With a few limited exceptions, all ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a registration issued by DCNR. Pennsylvania has around 285,000 registered ATVs. The grants are administered by DCNR with funding provided from ATV registrations.
More information about ATV grants is on the DCNR website.
ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program is ramping up and is looking to improve the trails near you. The Clean Trail Program was founded by ExtremeTerrain in 2015 and setup to fund trail improvement projects that can include anything from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail expansion, and more. ExtremeTerrain has worked with numerous Wrangler and 4×4 clubs/groups as well as many privately and publicly owned off-road trails to enact changes for the betterment of trail conditions for the communities being served. To date, ExtremeTerrain has granted over 22 grants for trail improvement projects, funding just under $10,000 in trail improvement projects all around the country. In just the past few months for spring/summer 2017, ExtremeTerrain has approved an additional 10 grants and is shooting for more.
Applying for a Clean Trail Grant is easy; click here and click to apply for a grant, filling out a short questionnaire. With a grant from ExtremeTerrain, you can get the tools you need to clean, restore, or expand your local trails, helping to maintain the trail system and improve it for future off-roaders.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently announced the award of $488,000 in snowmobile and ATV trails grants for five projects.
“These grants are designed to enhance the riding experience of ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts across the state, who supply funding when they register their vehicles,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “We know improved riding means more visitors, whose numbers can have a positive economic impact on nearby communities.”
The projects are:
Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill Counties: Famous Reading Outdoors, $225,000, for preparation of a master plan for development of 20,000 acres of Famous Reading Outdoors ATV Trails and Off-Roading Park.
Fayette County: Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $29,800, for preparation of a master plan for development of 750 acres of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club in Saltlick Township. Also, Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $110,400, for development of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, with work to include construction of a trailhead building; ADA access; landscaping; and signage and other related site improvements;
Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties: Northeast PA Sno Trails Inc., $8,300, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 250 miles of snowmobile trails within the Northeast Pennsylvania Sno Trails Inc. system.
McKean County: Majestic Kamp and Lost Trails Inc., $50,980, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 41 miles of Majestic ATV trails in Keating and Otto townships;
Schuylkill County: Burma MX and ATV Park, $174,000, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 100 acres of Burma off-highway vehicle tracks and trails in Blythe and East Norwegian townships.
The grants can fund up to 100 percent of a project. DCNR can award grants two times each year to municipalities, for profit, and nonprofit organizations for ATV- and snowmobile-related projects on county, municipal, nonprofit, state, and private lands.
All ATVs and snowmobiles in Pennsylvania must be registered and titled with DCNR’s Snowmobile/ATV Section.
Registration money is used to provide program administration funding; maintain trails in DCNR’s parks and forests; and provide grants to profit and non-profit organizations for developing additional riding opportunities in the commonwealth. Statewide ATV registrations approach 185,000; snowmobiles, 34,000.
For more information about ATV and snowmobile grants, visit DCNR’s trail grants webpage.
On March 8, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced grants totaling $425,700 to three recipients in Pennsylvania for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, equipment, and related facilities. The grants are administered through DCNR with funding provided from ATV registration as outlined in Act 97 of 2016.
“Using funds from ATV riders when they register their vehicles, these grants will help improve riding opportunities,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “ATV trails draw visitors and can have a positive economic impact on nearby communities.”
DCNR’s grant program can help buy land; develop plans and surveys; construct and maintain ATV trails; buy equipment; and conduct educational programs relating to ATV use. Grants can fund up to 80% of a project.
DCNR can award grants two times each year to federal and state agencies, municipalities, and profit and nonprofit organizations for trail development on county, municipal, non-profit, and private lands. With a few limited exceptions, all ATVs in Pennsylvania must have a title issued by DCNR. Pennsylvania has around 279,000 registered ATVs.
Click here for more information on ATV and other DCNR grant opportunities.
The grants are listed by county below.
Armstrong and Lawrence
$154,600 to Mines and Meadows, LLC to prepare a plan to further develop the campground facility at the 870-acre Mines and Meadows ATV park in Lawrence County, and to complete a trail study for the development of a 1,700-acre site in Brady’s Bend Township, Armstrong County.
$185,100 to Athens Township to develop Round Top Park, including rehabilitation of approximately four miles of ATV trails and a trailhead, construction of a pavilion and comfort station, landscaping, and other related site improvements.
Cambria and Indiana
$86,000 to Rock Run Recreation, Inc. to purchase equipment to construct and maintain approximately 140 miles of off-highway vehicle trails and Rock Run Recreation Area.