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Snowmobile Trail Aids Grants

Grants to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes
for Rehabilitation of Snowmobile Trails

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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08/01/18 - Maintenance & Development Projects


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Grants to Wisconsin counties and tribes for maintenance and development of snowmobile trails. Applicants must first contact the funding source before applying. Funds will be provided for bridge and trail rehabilitation in order to provide the public with safe, well-groomed, and properly signed trails for recreational purposes.

Eligible projects:

1. Maintenance of snowmobile trails - provides up to 100% of the cost up to $250 per mile for activities associated with keeping a trail safe and enjoyable to use. Maintenance activities include the posting of signs, brushing, grooming of snow, minor repair of bridges, purchase of county liability insurance and the purchase of short-term easements or other land use agreements periods of less than 3 years.

2. Major bridge rehabilitation - provides up to 100% of the cost of major reconstruction or rehabilitation. This may include replacement when necessary to return a bridge on the existing trail system to a functioning, safe structure. The purpose of this category is to provide funds to make major structural repairs or renovation that would be beyond the ability of normal maintenance funding to accomplish.

3. Trail rehabilitation - provides up to 100% of the cost of repair or reconstruction activities that are necessary to improve a trail for user safety and enjoyment. The repairs or renovation may be for the improvement of the trail for safety reasons or in response to natural events that adversely affect trail safety. Similar to bridge rehabilitation, the purpose of this category is to provide funds to undertake major trail repairs for safety that would be beyond the ability of normal maintenance funding to accomplish.

4. Trail development - provides up to 100% of the cost of constructing a trail. Activities include grading, initial signing and construction of bridges or other support facilities. Development also includes the purchase of land in fee simple and the acquisition of interests in land for a term of 3 years or greater.

Snowmobile bridge rehabilitation:
- Replacement of entire structure including approaches and abutments
- Repair to the superstructure of the bridge
- Replacement of the entire deck and railings
- Repair or replacement of protective riprap around abutments or footings

Snowmobile trail rehabilitation:
- Clearing of trees from storm damage to re-establish the trail corridor
- Filling and grading to re-establish the trail tread damaged as a result of erosion
- Widening and straightening trail segments to improve visibility

Trail funds are distributed according to the following priority-ranked purposes:
- Maintenance of existing approved trails, including purchase of county liability insurance and acquisition of easements of less than three years
- Major bridge reconstruction or rehabilitation
- Route signing program
- Trail rehabilitation (prioritized by mandatory relocation, discretionary relocation, new bridges)
- Development of new trails, including acquisition of land interests for a period of 3 years or greater or in fee simple

Supplemental Maintenance Payments:

- Counties may apply for supplemental maintenance funds when their eligible maintenance expenses from the previous season exceed $250 per mile.

- In order to be eligible for a supplementary maintenance payment, three conditions must exist:
1. The county must apply prior to August 1. This means that reimbursement claims must be submitted to the DNR field office prior to August 1.
2. The county must have expended the entire contracted amount at $250 per mile for eligible maintenance expenditures.
3. The county must have spent at least $150 per mile for eligible grooming expenses the previous season.

- All counties qualifying will be subject to a cap of $250 per mile for all eligible non-grooming expenditures.

- All counties qualifying are subject to a cap of 3 times the per mile maximum ($750 at the current rate of $250 per mile).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143594

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties and tribes may apply for these grants.

Planning requirements:

- Counties are required to have a comprehensive plan approved by the County Board of Supervisors or designated committee and the Department of Natural Resources.
- The County Board of any county, which, by resolution, indicates its desire to receive snowmobile aids for their snowmobile trails.
- Counties that have previously met the planning requirements for the snowmobile trail grant program are required to maintain a current trail system map that describes trail locations (actual and proposed) and existing mileage.

Ineligible Projects:

Snowmobile bridge rehabilitation:
- Replacement of bridge railings only
- Patching of decking
- Grading or minor repair to approaches
- Bridge repairs to bring bridge structure within any existing codes
- Reinforcement of bridge structures to accommodate weights in excess of 14,000 pounds
- Deck replacement for the sole purpose of accommodating larger grooming equipment

Snowmobile trail rehabilitation:
- Brushing, signing and similar activities conducted as part of routine maintenance
- Construction of a new bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24"
- Rehabilitation or replacement of a bridge or culvert with an inside diameter of greater than 24"

Any costs incurred prior to receipt of a grant are not reimbursable and may jeopardize your entire grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact your DNR Community Service Specialist before applying to discuss your potential project.


April 15 - Maintenance and Development Projects
Applications are due in the regional offices for the upcoming season.

August 1 - Supplemental Maintenance
Applications are due in the regional offices for the previous season.

Supplemental Maintenance Payments:

Counties requesting supplemental maintenance payments must submit full financial documentation to the DNR regional office for audit purposes by the August 1 deadline. Details on the supplemental maintenance payments can be found in the PDF below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions about Snowmobile Trail Aids, contact your community service specialist:

Or contact:
Cathy Burrow, Snowmobile Grant Manager
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster
Madison WI 53707-7921

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