Hello, all. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to boost awareness of and support for the Recreational Trails Program within the United States Senate. However, we have to take action immediately!
Yesterday U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released a Dear Colleague letter soliciting signatures for a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member on the Committee, supporting the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the next surface transportation authorization bill. Attached are their Dear Colleague request and the planned letter to the EPW leadership.
Please share this information with your membership and ask them to contact their Members of the U.S. Senate (except, of course, Senators Klobuchar, Risch, Shaheen, Burr, Boxer and Vitter) and request that they sign on to the letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the next surface transportation authorization bill. Our basic message is that the RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story. It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, benefits motorized and non-motorized trail users alike, leverages significant additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities throughout the nation.
Time is very short. The deadline for Senators' response is noon on Wednesday, April 9th.
Thanks very much for your help.
Catherine A. Ahern
American Recreation Coalition and Coalition for Recreational Trails