PLEASE, PLEASE, take the time to read this and Urge Your Representative to Support the Recreational Trails Program.

Sign on deadline is Friday, July 17th for the dear colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Michaud and Petri in support of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)(More Information Below).

The "Dear Colleague" Letter is an Opportunity for Your Member to Support the Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which funds the development and maintenance of thousands of miles of motorized trails, needs to be reauthorized. The RTP exists and is funded as part of legislation that authorizes Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit. The most recent reauthorization, enacted in 2005, will expire this year, meaning that a new authorization bill must be approved.

Representatives Mike Michaud (D-ME) and Tom Petri (R-WI) are circulating a letter in support of continued and increased funding for the RTP in transportation reauthorization legislation and are asking other members of Congress to sign on to show their support as well. Please use the link below to send an email to your Representative encouraging him or her to sign the letter in support of the RTP.

Use this link to view the letter.
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We encourage you to take action by August 12, 2009 (PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS DEADLINE!)

Urge Your Representative to Support the RTP

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
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Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
U. S. House of Representatives

----THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT IN YOUR NAME----
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

As a constituent and a member of Americans for Responsible Recreational Access I write to urge you to sign on to the dear colleague letter being circulated by Representatives Michaud and Petri in support of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). To get a copy of the letter or to sign on please contact Shawn Legendre (Michaud) at shawn.legendre@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-6306. Sign on deadline is Friday, July 17th.

The RTP was established as a provision of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and was subsequently reauthorized in 1998 and in 2005. The program uses a portion of funds generated by motorized off-highway trail users who pay the gas tax on any fuel they purchase for use in their off-highway vehicles to fund trail building, maintenance and other trail-related expenses. It should also be noted that the RTP requires that 30% of program funds must be dedicated to non-motorized uses with an additional 40% for mixed-use trails that may or may not include motorized uses.

Many various and diverse recreation interests strongly support the RTP as evidenced by a recent CRT letter to Congressional Leadership which included signatures from nearly 300 international, national, state and local recreation organizations. Motorized, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and an array of other recreation interests were represented on the letter. The broad support for the program is a testament to its success.

Thank you for your consideration.

----END OF LETTER TO BE SENT----

Sincerely,
Robert DeVore

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