The following guidance will help States and project sponsors meet Recreational Trail Program (RTP) requirements and provide best practices for trail accessibility, and trail design, construction, and maintenance.
FHWA Livability Initiative Case Studies
An overview of FHWA's Livability Initiative to enhance the environmental sensitivity and to help States explore multi-modal transportation options.
AASHTO Programmatic Agreements Library Database
The Programmatic Agreements Library is the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO library of programmatic agreements. Programmatic agreements, and versions thereof (concurrence letters and the like) have been developed by State Departments of Transportation and/or FHWA in partnership with resource agencies to streamline compliance with Federal environmental laws (e.g., the National Environmental Policy Act - Categorical Exclusion, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act).
Example Stewardship and Oversight Plans
Tennessee Example (HTML / PDF): This Stewardship and Oversight Plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Highway Administration and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in the accomplishment of oversight and administration of the Recreational Trails Program.
State Assumption of Responsibility for Categorical Exclusions (SAFETEA-LU Sec. 6004)
Sample Cooperative Agreement to Advance Funds to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a Contract with an Indian Tribal Government under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. (From Kansas)
Draft Project Documentation Form to help document project costs for labor, mileage, and basic expenditures associated with relatively small projects, usually located off of highway rights-of-way. (From FHWA Alaska Division)
Conservation Corps and Transportation: Making the Connection
This is a guide to transportation funding programs for service and conservation corps.
State Policies for RTP Projects on Leased Land (courtesy Nebraska Game, Fish, and Parks, June 2004)
State Recreational Use Statutes: see Equine Land Conservation Resource with a link to Equine Activity Statutes and Recreational Use Statutes
Exemplary Ecosystem Initiatives (EEI)
Doing the Right Thing: Improving Transportation and Enhancing Ecosystems
Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEI)
Awarding transportation projects that create or improve conditions for human activities.