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Snowmobile Trail Aids Grants

Grants to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes
for the Rehabilitation of Snowmobile Trails

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 - Deadline for Supplemental Maintenance projects

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin counties and tribes for the maintenance and development of snowmobile trails. Applicants must contact the funding source program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for bridge and trail rehabilitation for the purpose of providing the public with safe, well-maintained, and properly signed trails for recreational purposes.

Eligible Snowmobile Bridge Rehabilitation projects:
- 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

Eligible Trail Rehabilitation projects:
- 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.

For more information related to eligible projects, see:
https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/cf/CA0002.pdf#page=6

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
- Club signing program (obsolete program)
- 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.

For information about Maintenance, see:
https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/cf/CA0002.pdf#page=7

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.

Deadlines:

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.

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:
https://dnr.wi.gov/Aid/Staff.html

Or contact:
Cathy Burrow, Snowmobile Grant Manager
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster
Madison WI 53707-7921
608-267-0494
Catherine.Burrow@Wisconsin.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin