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RTP and TE Update - July 2005

July 22

  1. STATE TRAIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE INQUISITION
    More than half the States have submitted documentation of FY 2005 State Trail Advisory Committee meetings to qualify for FY 2006 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) apportionments, and we received promises from several more. Therefore, we're thinking about sending "The Advisory Committee Inquisition Memo" only to States from which we have not yet received any information about the FY 2005 State Trail Advisory Committee meeting. I didn't get around to sending the Inquisition Memo, and I won't be getting it out until at least August 18th. Nevertheless, we will still need responses.

    Sufficient Documentation received as of July 22, 2005
    Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (on the way), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

    Still Need Documentation as of July 22, 2005
    Alabama, California (scheduled Aug 18), Kentucky, Maryland (scheduled Aug 3), Massachusetts, Michigan (scheduled for September), Mississippi, Missouri (no committee appointed as of July 15), Tennessee (July 20), Texas, Utah (scheduled Aug 9), Vermont, Virginia, Washington (scheduled Aug 17).

    As of now, the SEND list will include: Alabama, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Vermont, Virginia.

    While the "drop dead" deadline for a State to have its FY 2005 meeting is September 30, I would like the documentation by August 29th. We submit our apportionment factors to the FHWA Office of Budget and Finance on August 31st. For those States that won't meet until September, please set a firm date by August 29th. See www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/guidance/rtp9908_pt1.cfm#page5 for information about the Advisory Committee requirement. Please send them to me on August 17th.

  2. SNOWMOBILE NUMBERS
    Likewise, we only plan to send an official inquiry for snowmobile figures to States from which we have not received any information. I hope to avoid sending any official inquiry at all, although we might have to send out something the week of July 18th to States still remaining in the "still need info" list below. No response by our deadline (August 29th) means we assume zero snowmobile use. We must submit our FY 2006 RTP apportionment factors by August 31st.

    Received info: AZ, DE, ID, IL, IN, KS, ME, MI, NE, NV, NJ, NY, ND (expect further update), OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, WA, WV, WI, WY.

    Still need info: AK, CA, CO, CT, IA, MD, MA, MN, MT, NH, NM, UT, VT.

    No response expected / Assume zero snowmobile use: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA. If your State is in this list, we assume zero snowmobile use unless the State can document snowmobile use in FY 2005.

    Here are the snowmobile figures I have as of 22 July 2005:

  1. RTP NEWS ON LINE
    We now have an RTP News archive (direct link at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/rtp_te_update/) with all RTP News from March 22, 2005 through July 18, 2005. We also continue to update the RTP State list... provided people give us updates... several updates will be posted the week of July 25th.

  2. STATE TRAIL ADMINISTRATORS MEETING 2005
    We continue to update the STAM 2005 webpage at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/events/stam_2005/ as the event gets nearer. Please feel free to submit ideas even if you can't attend.

  3. I'm off to the TE Professionals Seminar: July 26-27: http://www.enhancements.org/seminar.asp and TrailLink 2005: July 27-29: http://www.railtrails.org/traillink2005/. Call me at 202-366-5013 and leave a message if you need any assistance during this time. Or call Rob Draper, my Team Leader, at 202-366-4649. I plan to check email. Back in the office July 30th.


July 18

  1. SCENIC BYWAY COORDINATOR POSITION
    From: Colleen R. Ruder

    Position closed on 07/27/05.

  2. TRAILS TRAINING CALENDAR AVAILABLE AT NTTP
    TO: National Trails Training Partnership
    FROM: Stuart Macdonald

    We now have the calendar of trails training opportunities online as a searchable database. We'll be keeping the existing chronological calendar in place as well. The main goal is to enable visitors to search for training by topic, by state, or by keyword as well as scrolling thru the calendar month by month. Thanks to Mike Bullington for doing the technical work on the database.

    We'd appreciate any comments or suggestions, as we can readily update the functions as needed in the future. If you'd like to link directly to the calendar database the URL is: http://strawberry.forest.net/trails/event.lasso


July 13

  1. STATE TRAIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE INQUISITION
    More than half the States have submitted documentation of FY 2005 State Trail Advisory Committee meetings to qualify for FY 2006 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) apportionments, and we received promises from several more. Therefore, we're thinking about sending "The Advisory Committee Inquisition Memo" only to States from which we have not yet received any information about the FY 2005 State Trail Advisory Committee meeting. We will probably send the letter the week of July 18th (in hopes of having the SEND list even shorter).

    Sufficient Documentation received as of July 12, 2005
    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (Division certified, minutes coming), Oklahoma, Oregon (Division certified, minutes coming), Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

    Still Need Documentation as of July 12, 2005
    Alabama, Arizona (on the way), California (scheduled Aug 18), Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland (Aug 3), Massachusetts, Michigan (scheduled September), Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah (Aug 9), Vermont, Virginia, Washington (Aug 17).

    As of now, the SEND list will include: Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia.

    While the "drop dead" deadline for a State to have its FY 2005 meeting is September 30, I would like the documentation by August 29th. We submit our apportionment factors to the FHWA Office of Budget and Finance on August 31st. For those States that won't meet until September, please set a firm date by August 29th. See www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/guidance/rtp9908_pt1.cfm#page5 for information about the Advisory Committee requirement.

  2. SNOWMOBILE NUMBERS
    Likewise, we only plan to send an official inquiry for snowmobile figures to States from which we have not received any information. I hope to avoid sending any official inquiry at all, although we might have to send out something the week of July 18th to States still remaining in the "still need info" list below. No response by our deadline (August 29th) means we assume zero snowmobile use. We must submit our FY 2006 RTP apportionment factors by August 31st.

    Received info: AZ, DE, ID, IN, KS, NJ, NY, SD, WV, WI, WY.

    Still need info: AK, CA, CO, CT, IL, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VT, WA.

    No response expected / Assume zero snowmobile use: AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA. If your State is in this list, we assume zero snowmobile use unless the State can document snowmobile use in FY 2005.

    Here are the snowmobile figures I have as of 12 July 2005:

  1. RTP NEWS ON LINE
    We updated the RTP website homepage (www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/) with a somewhat revised look (new pictures, reduced some white space), and we added an RTP News archive (direct link at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/rtp_te_update/). That way, somebody can remind me 3 months later to tell me: "see what you told us!". Of course, it goes both ways.....

    We also continue to update the RTP State list...provided people give us updated information....

  2. STATE TRAIL ADMINISTRATORS MEETING 2005
    We continue to update the STAM 2005 webpage at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/events/stam2005/ as the event gets nearer. Please feel free to submit ideas even if you can't attend.

  3. I'm off to the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference, High Point NC: July 13-16. Leaving now.

  4. TE Professionals Seminar: July 26-27: http://www.enhancements.org/seminar.asp.

  5. TrailLink 2005: July 27-29: http://www.railtrails.org/traillink2005/


July 7

  1. STATE TRAIL ADMINISTRATORS MEETING: PLEASE FILL OUT SURVEY / OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS / UPDATED WEBSITE / QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

    1A. We want your input for the State Trail Administrators Meeting on September 20-22, 2005 in Newark DE. Please feel free to offer ideas even if you can't attend the meeting. We're hoping for responses by August 17th.

    1B. Please submit Questions for our Questions and Answers session (even if you can't attend). One of the more efficient ways to run the STAM is if people submit eligibility and other questions ahead of time so that we can prepare answers ahead of time, and provide handouts with answers. Please send your questions to jonathan.leclere@dot.gov by August 17th.

    1C. Susan Moerschel (DNREC) is hoping that people will register SOON so that she can make arrangements: see http://www.destateparks.com/greenway/TrailAdmin/. If you have specific questions about Delaware, please contact Susan at 302-739-9235 or email susan.moerschel@state.de.us.

    1D. We also updated our website: see www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/events/stam_2005/. You can register, see the latest agenda, and see Important Updates.

  2. UPDATE ON STATE TRAIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE RESPONSES:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/guidance/rtp9908_pt1.cfm#page5

    Responded so far (THANK YOU!) and eligible for FY 2006 apportionments: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico (need readable file), New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

    Promised would meet before the end of September 2005: CA Aug 18, CT early July, MD Aug 3, MI September, UT Aug 9, WA Aug 17.

    I'll probably have the official Nastygram Inquisition Memo sent next week.

  3. SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATIONS UPDATE
    Responses so far: DE, ID, IN, KS, NY, WI, WV. I understand many States can't respond until mid July. Again, I expect to send the official request in mid July (probably next week).

Updated: 04/02/2014
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