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Feds grant cash for Poulsbo trails

POULSBO — The National Park Service (NPS) has bestowed an award of technical assistance to the city of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation for its Poulsbo Urban Trail System. NPS will help the city and partners develop and adopt a concept plan for urban trails and support public involvement strategies. Assistance from the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program will be provided during the 2009 federal fiscal year.

NPS technical assistance is represented by the time and resources staff invests in each project. Their assistance, along with city resources as a match, will produce a trail plan that the city and its partners will use for many years to come. The city will be putting together a Poulsbo Trails Committee, which will be made up of interested and energetic citizens who will meet over the next year while putting the plan together.

Each year, on average, NPS partners across the country create more than 1,400 miles of trails, conserve more than 63,000 acres of open space, and protect more than 700 miles of rivers. Congress measures the program’s successes by looking at the tangible, on-the-ground results partners have achieved five years after the technical assistance program.

For more information, call Mary McCluskey, Poulsbo Parks and Recreation director, at (360) 779-9898.

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