American Horse Council Action Alert
Contact: American Horse Council firstname.lastname@example.org
The AHC needs your help to save the Recreational Trails Program
The AHC is working to preserve the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. If Congress does not take action this year this program could no longer be available to recreational riders.
The RTP provides funding directly to the states for recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. It was created in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. The RTP will have to be re-authorized in the next national surface transportation program bill if it is to continue.
Since its inception the RTP has provided approximately $730 million for thousands of state and local trail projects across the country, including many that benefit equestrians. RTP projects consist of construction, maintenance and restoration of trails and trail related facilities as well as the acquisition of easements or property for trails.
The RTP is one of the few sources for federal funding of trail projects that are not on federal land. The program is a great resource for equestrians to fund projects in their state and local parks.
Congress is expected to begin work on the next 5 year highway bill very soon. The AHC, in conjunction with a broad coalition of recreational trail users, is requesting that Congress not only re-authorized the RTP, but also increase funding for the program to $555 million to be spent over the five years of the bill.
The AHC urges all recreational riders to contact Congress and voice support for this program and let them know this program is important to the horse community.
You can download a sample letter here that can be used as a starting point for a letter to your Representative and Senators. You should personalize it with information about yourself and your state trails. Please Fax or Email it to your Representatives or Senators because regular mail must go through a long security process.
Please send copies of any emails, letters or faxes you provide to your Representatives or Senators to the AHC at email@example.com or fax to 202 2961970.
If you have any questions please contact the AHC.
As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day.
The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen’s associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils.
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