Public comment opens for Proposed LWCF and OHV Grant Applications

Comments accepted through April 11, 2019

By Montana State Parks

(Helena, Mont.) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on proposed 2019 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant awards for the current grant cycle which closed on Feb. 28, 2019. Public comments will be accepted through Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The state-side LWCF, administered by Montana State Parks, is a federally funded program which provides grants to state and local governments for public outdoor recreation projects such as parks, swimming pools and sports fields. For the current grant cycle, seven LWCF community grant applications were received requesting over $1.2 million from $1.5 million in available funding.

The OHV program received ten grant requests totaling $155,000. Approximately $152,000 in OHV grant funding is available for 2019. Montana’s Off-Highway Vehicle Program supports projects such as trail maintenance, signs, trail stewards, ethics education, noxious weed control, safety and mapping efforts. Grant awards are allocated by Montana State Parks with recommendations from the citizen-based Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee (OHVAC). The OHV program is funded through a portion of the state gas tax, non-resident OHV permits, and OHV registration fees.

Summary lists of the current LWCF and OHV grant application funding requests are available at: stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/default.html.

The public is invited to comment on the funding requests for both LWCF and OHV. Public Comments are due by Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. To comment online visit stateparks.mt.gov  and click on ‘Public Comment & Notices’ in the right-hand navigation.

The public may also send comments to: Montana State Parks, Attn: Seth McArthur, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, Mont. 59620-0701.

Full grant applications are available by request in the Parks Division office at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters located at 1420 E. 6th Avenue in Helena, Montana 59620.

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