BISMARCK — The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is searching for applicants for the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee.

The Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching grant program that provides funding for recreational trail projects.

The purpose of the RTPAC is to assist in ranking projects seeking federal trail funds administered by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and to provide additional program guidance. Committee members are appointed by the Parks and Recreation Department director and required to be recreational trail users and represent trail interests.

Those considering applying should classify themselves as representing the following interests, per the Parks and Recreation Department:

  • A nonmotorized recreation representative.
  • An off-highway vehicle representative.
  • A motorized recreation representative.
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Committee members serve three-year terms. The term will run from 2021 to 2024. Committee meetings occur at least once a year and members are reimbursed for mileage and hotel expenses if meetings are unable to be conducted virtually.

Interested parties must email parkrec@nd.gov before 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Include name, email address and phone number, desired category, county of residence and one to two paragraphs about why one wants to be considered.

For more information, contact Jolene Rieck, PLA, chief of planning and programs, or Char Binstock, grants coordinator at the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, at 701-328-5357.