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Renee Morley, Erika VanHavel and Bobby Grillo, from left, work in March 2015 to secure a log border on the switchback of a new section of trail built by the Montana Conservation Corps in Sawmill Gulch.

Missoula’s Parks and Recreation Department and Kalispell-area trail builders landed two of the larger awards handed out this week in the annual Montana State Parks grants cycle.

Syringa Park in the upper Rattlesnake neighborhood will receive $50,000 for trails construction and renovation for the trail-bike riding area. Foys-to-Blacktail Trails Inc. received $90,000 to finish a 16-year project with a final segment of a historic Civilian Conservation Corps trail between Herron Park and Blacktail Mountain.

State Parks staff winnowed 69 requests down to 54 awards for this year’s pot of $1.66 million in available funding. The money comes through the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation legislation.

The complete list of winning projects is available online at

In Western Montana, projects included:

• Bitterroot Cross-Country Ski Club – $45,000, year-round trail maintenance

• Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation – $45,000, trail maintenance, weed control and campsite restoration

• Butte-Silver Bow Government – $20,000, Whisky Gulch Open Space Trails

• Cabinet Back Country Horsemen – $10,000, Purcell drainage installation and maintenance

• Cabinet Resource Group  – $6,000, Kootenai Forest trail projects

• Echo Lake Trails Association – Warming hut construction and trail maintenance

• Flathead Area Mountain Bikers – $38,000, Spencer Trail maintenance

• Flathead Avalanche Center – $45,000, advisories, safety information and education

• Flathead Snowmobile Association – $45,000, trail maintenance and grooming in Flathead and Lake counties

• Foys to Blacktail Trails Inc. – $90,000, connector trail Herron Park to Blacktail Mountain

• Helena City – $22,000, Beattie Street trailhead improvements

• Kootenai Cross-Country Ski Club – $15,000, ski club trail grooming and equipment replacement

• Kootenai Mountain Riders  – $20,000 Troy bike park project

• Last Chance Nordic Ski Club – $14,000, MacDonald Pass Nordic Ski trail grooming

• Lincoln County Port Authority – $20,000, Libby Creek Trail extension

• Mile High Nordic Ski Education Foundation – $20,000, trail restoration and equipment purchase

• Missoula Nordic Ski Club – $11,810, ski trail maintenance and grooming

• Missoula Parks and Recreation – $50,000, Syringa Park trail construction and renovation

• Montana Conservation Corps – $15,606, new trail construction and maintenance

• Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association – $45,000, motorized trail maintenance on Forest Service and BLM land

• Montana Wilderness Association – $45,000, trail maintenance, structure construction, trail safety education

• MTB Missoula – $6,000, community trails stewardship program

• Philipsburg – $35,000, walking/biking trail construction

• Prickly Pear Land Trust – $45,000, Peaks to Creeks Initiative trail infrastructure

• Rails to Trails NW Montana – $10,989, Great Northern Historical Trail improvements

• Sanders County- $5,000, Thompson Falls Community trails signage and maintenance

• Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club- $18,100, Seeley Creek Nordic ski trails

• Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation – $6,060, trails restoration

• Swan Valley Connections – $45,000, Mission Mountain Wilderness and Swan Front trails and backcountry services

• Troy Snowmobile Club – $43,500, grooming shed construction and grooming operations

• Custer-Gallatin National Forest – $220,350, trail projects

• Flathead National Forest- $45,000, Black Bear Bridge reconstruction

• Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center – $45,000, avalanche education and safety program

• Lewis and Clark National Forest – $20,000, general trail maintenance

• Lolo National Forest – $25,200, heavy trail maintenance

• West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation – $30,000, avalanche safety and education program

• West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce – $45,000, grooming and trail maintenance

• West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation – $60,000, Rendezvous Ski Trail System grooming

• Yellowstone National Park – $15,000, Yellowstone River Trail restoration

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