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Sam Houston Trails Coalition Awarded Matching Funds For Sustainable Trail Maintenance

November 02, 2015 11:17 PM

Here's some great recent news from the Sam Houston Trails Coalition! (see news release below from the Trails Coalition of Texas)

David Renninger
Sam Houston Trails Coalition

Sam Houston Trails Coalition Awarded Matching Funds for Sustainable Trail Maintenance

HOUSTON, TX (October 25th) -- The Sam Houston Trails Coalition is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to purchase equipment and supplies for the continued expansion and maintenance of hiking, biking, equestrian, and motorized multi-use trails in the 164,000 acre Sam Houston National Forest.

As user demand increases for the Sam Houston National Forest, the NFF award positions the trails coalition to support the U.S. Forest Service in managing over 250 miles of official trails, providing an outdoor destination for Houston and the surrounding region’s growing population. These combined efforts provide valuable access to nature for diverse outdoor recreation while protecting natural resources and educating the public accordingly.

With oversight from the U.S. Forest Service, coalition members volunteer nearly 2,000 hours towards trail maintenance each year. Current trails maintained by the coalition include the popular 128 mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, 85 miles of multi-use trail, 50 miles of mountain bike trail, and numerous smaller trails and forest service roads. Chris Hardy, Sam Houston Trails Coalition Chair, states that “without the help of the coalition volunteers and the NFF grant, the U.S. Forest Service would be forced to close many of the existing trails due to limited maintenance resources.”

Other amenities in the Sam Houston National Forest include two developed campgrounds, designated wilderness, scenic, and recreation areas, and access to Lake Conroe through multiple boat and canoe launches. Hunting, fishing, camping, and paddling opportunities also abound.

Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore, and enhance America’s 192-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF helps enhance wildlife habitat, revitalize wildfire-damaged landscapes, restore watersheds, and improve recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans.
Funding for this grant is made available through the foundation’s 2015 Matching Awards Program.

For questions about the national forest or to learn more about the Sam Houston Trails Coalition, please visit


The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is here. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. 1-800-BLUERIB -

June 1, 2016 3:10 PM

POCATELLO, ID (June 1, 2016) – Coalition (BRC) is pleased to reveal that its long-time partner in the fight to protect recreational access, Rocky Mountain ATV-MC (RMATV-MC), has agreed once again to generously match each dollar* raised to support BRC at the upcoming annual COW TAG event hosted by Klim, another long-time partner for access.

April 26, 2016 9:54 AM

POCATELLO, ID (April 26, 2016) -- Coalition (BRC) is pleased to announce the recent release of issue #4 of the BlueRibbon Magazine. This issue is packed with outstanding winter articles and a variety of recreation topics.

Hard copies of the BlueRibbon Magazine should be arriving at doorsteps this week (if they have not already arrived). If your copy has not yet arrived, there's no need to wait! The digital edition of the BlueRibbon Magazine is available today, in FlipZine or PDF versions.

April 13, 2016 10:04 AM

It's time once again for the annual COW TAG event! Please join KLIM and the Sharetrails/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) at this one-of-a-kind ride to be held on Saturday, June 25 at Kelly Canyon, ID. Proceeds benefit trail organizations and Sharetrails/BRC. Enter to win a 2016 Beta 300RR Race Edition!...

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