"Great Trails" Book and Iowa Trail System Based On It, Win CRT Awards
An Iowa trail based off of the Great Trails book wins an award.
Winners were announced for the 2016 “Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America.

The awards ceremony, hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails, was held in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2016,

The envelope please...and the winners are:

1. In the category “Education and Communication”: “Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences” -- a new NOHVCC resource guide, and

2. In the category “Public-Private Partnerships Enhancing Public Lands Access and Use”: Gypsum City OHV Park, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

“It wasn’t just a coincidence that the Great Trails book and the Gypsum City OHV Park both won awards this year,” said Dan Kleen, NOHVCC president. “Many of the steps in the book for designing an OHV Park and the tools to build it were used at Gypsum City. Dick Dufourd was the author of the book, and Dick and Joani of RecConnect LLC laid out the trail system for Phase II at the park. It was neat that both of these projects won. At the awards ceremony, a group of us went up to receive the awards at the same time.”

The 364-page Great Trails book was released last October during the joint conference of NOHVCC and the International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA). Four years in the making, it was crafted by one industry expert, with assistance from 20 more, and funded by 30 OHV agencies and organizations.

The opening page describes the book as “A resource guide for the design, planning, construction, maintenance, and management of quality off-highway vehicle trail systems which are sustainable and fun to ride.”

The Gypsum City OHV Park is the largest public riding area in Iowa and serves as a premier riding opportunity for all ability levels. Over $5.5 million dollars has been invested in the facility during the last 10 years. Located southwest of the City of Fort Dodge, Iowa, the 800-acre OHV Park serves as a destination for ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, off-road vehicles, and snowmobile riders, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts from across Iowa and the Midwest. The Park is a partnership of the Iowa DNR, Webster County Improvement Corporation (WCIC), Webster County Conservation Board, City of Fort Dodge, Iowa OHV Association, and NOHVCC. WCIC owns and leases the property for the OHV Park.

“It is important to have OHV projects that are part of this national award program,” said Karen Umphress, NOHVCC IT and Program Manager. “It legitimizes our sport and ensures that members of Congress know that OHV riders are doing great things.”

To learn more about Great Trails, how to get a copy sent to you or how to download it, go to www.greatohvtrails.com. To learn more about these and other projects that won 2016 CRT Awards, visit http://www.americantrails.org/awards/CRT16awards/index.html.
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