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ATV Trail Aids

Grants to Wisconsin Local and Tribal Governments
to Develop and Maintain All-Terrain Vehicle Trails

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Grants to Wisconsin local and tribal governments for the acquisition, development, insurance, and maintenance of trails, routes, and troutes designated for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use. Applicants must contact the regional grant project manager before applying. Funding may be used for insurance purchase, land easements, trail rehabilitation, land acquisition, and the maintenance of existing ATV areas. Troutes are defined as ATV trail and route combinations.

Trail funds are distributed according to the following ranked purposes:
- Maintenance of existing approved all-terrain vehicle trails and routes
- Liability insurance acquisition
- Easement acquisition
- Major rehabilitation of bridge structures or trails; and
- Acquisition of land and development of new ATV trails and areas.

Facilities acquired or developed with all-terrain vehicle funds shall be operated and maintained in such a manner as to provide a safe and attractive environment for the user. Eligible maintenance activities include but are not limited to: trail or special use area repair or rejuvenation, sign and post replacement, bridge and culvert repairs, grading of trails and riding courses, maintenance of toilet and shelter facilities, normal repair and replacement of facilities lost because of vandalism or normal wear, winter trail grooming, brushing and grading and the materials, labor and equipment rentals to accomplish these activities.

For major rehabilitation, eligible costs include: 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, replacing entire bridge structure including approaches and abutments, repair of bridge superstructure, replacement of bridge decking and railings, and repair or replacement of protective riprap around bridge abutments or footings.

Eligible developments may include, but are not limited to the following items: retroactive architectural and engineering fees; environmental impact statement; site preparation; landscaping; fences; gates; signs; bridges; access roads; parking lots; trails; skill courses; picnicking, camping and playground facilities; sanitary, shelter, concession and control facilities; and utilities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179916

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Maintenance of all-terrain vehicle trails: The program provides up to $100 per mile for winter maintenance. $450 per mile is available for summer maintenance.
- Maintenance of intensive use areas: Provides up to 50% cost sharing for eligible costs to operate and maintain all-terrain vehicle intensive use areas.
- Maintenance of routes: Provides up to 100% of the cost to purchase all-terrain vehicle route signs and arrows, trail crossing warning signs, and signs briefly explaining the intoxicated all-terrain vehicle operator law.
- Insurance: Provides up to 100% of the cost to purchase liability insurance coverage for all- terrain vehicle trails and intensive use areas.
- Acquisition: Provides up to 100% of the cost to purchase lands for all-terrain vehicle trails and facilities. The cost of trail easements or leases may be reimbursed at $.10 per rod.
- Major rehabilitation of trails or bridges: Provides up to 100% of eligible costs for the major rehabilitation of bridge structures or trail segments requiring significant improvements or repair.
- Development of all-terrain vehicle facilities: Provides 100% of the total approved costs for the development of all-terrain trails and intensive use areas, including ATV routes.

Term of Contract:

Trails eligible for winter maintenance must be maintained and groomed for a total of not less than 2 months nor more than 6 months per year including the months of January and February.

Trails eligible for summer maintenance must be maintained for not less than 3 months nor more than 8 months including the months of June, July, and August.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties, towns, cities, villages, and tribes can apply for ATV Trail Aids.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due in the regional offices by April 15 for the following season.

To apply, contact your community services specialist to discuss your project idea and plans. Complete DNR Form 8700 - 159, Outdoor Motorized Recreation Trails Aids Application. Attach a copy of the officially adopted resolution. Forward your completed application and any supporting materials to your regional community services specialist by the deadline to be eligible for summer grant awards.

Except for project advances, claims for payment will be on a reimbursement basis.

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

For questions about ATV Trail Aids, contact:
Cathy Burrow
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S Webster St
Madison, WI 53707

Contact information for regional DNR grant project managers:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street . PO Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921

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USA: Wisconsin