Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks announced the recipients of the Montana Trail Stewardship Program (TSP) Tuesday for their 2022 recreational trail projects. Nearly 40 federal and state organizations applied for the grant program, and Montana FWP chose 32 of those organizations. 

The city of Billings is one recipient of this grant award. Billings was awarded 75,000 dollars going towards the paving project at Riverfront Park trail. Recipients were selected based on funding availability, eligibility requirements, and State Trails Advisory Committee recommendations. The Montana TSP awards more than 1,400,000 dollars in state funds. The funds were made possible by Montana’s recreational marijuana taxations and light motor vehicle fees.

The program provides grant funding for trail-related projects across Montana, such as maintenance of snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails and construction or reconstruction of urban, rural, or backcountry trails. 

Other organizations chosen for this award include three different US Forest Service Custer-Gallatin National Forest districts. Maintenance of the Beartooth Road Trail happens in The Beartooth Ranger District, and a restoration project of the Wounded Man Trail is planned for the Forest-Gardiner Ranger District. The Yellowstone Ranger district also has a project to maintain a motorized winter trail in the ranger district. Other forests in the grant awards include districts in the Beaverhead Deer Lodge and Lolo National Forests.

The West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation was another recipient of the TSP and will receive money for the maintenance of the Rendezvous Trail System. Learn more about the recipients of the program by clicking here.