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NORTH DAKOTA RTP In Danger

August 29, 2012 8:53 PM

If you live in ND, immediate action is needed to help save funding opportunities for your trails - See ACTION ITEM below! We received another urgent request for action from Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall with the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT).   BRC works with CRT in efforts to preserve the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and they sent us word that the RTP program in North Dakota is in very real danger of being lost. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has opened the door to unilateral action by the state's Department of Transportation

NORTH DAKOTA RTP IN DANGER
IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM INCLUDED

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber

If you live in ND, immediate action is needed to help save funding opportunities for your trails - See ACTION ITEM below!

We received another urgent request for action from Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall with the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT).  

BRC works with CRT in efforts to preserve the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and they sent us word that the RTP program in North Dakota is in very real danger of being lost.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has opened the door to unilateral action by the state's Department of Transportation by specifically allowing opt-out notice by "the Governor's designee" and not requiring that this designee be the individual identified by the Governor as responsible for the RTP program.

Why is this a major problem?

Because in North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Transportation plans to ask (or has already asked) Governor Dalrymple to notify the U.S. Secretary of Transportation that North Dakota wants to opt out of the RTP.  Since the deadline for the Governor's notice to the Secretary is September 1, 2012, there is very little time to save the RTP in North Dakota. 

ACTION ITEM
We must do all that we can before September 1st to ensure that these state Governors understand the importance of this program, and how many of their constituents care passionately about trails and the RTP.

Please contact your Governor and ask them not to opt out of the worthy RTP program.  Don't assume your Governor knows the value of Rec Trails. Help them understand the importance of the RTP to both motorized and non-motorized trail users, and to the state's economy, so the green visor folks in your state won't convince them otherwise.

Contact information for each Governor is listed below.

North Dakota
The Honorable Jack Dalrymple
Office of the Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Phone: (701) 328-2200
Fax: (701) 328-2205
Contact Governor Jack Dalrymple via Web Form.

Thank you and as always, please call or email if you have any questions or comments.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 


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