State matching grant program to support trail improvements
BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) announced that the Upton State Forest will benefit from state grant funding and partner contributions from the Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) to support trail repairs and improvements. The state funding was awarded through the Partnerships Matching Funds Program coordinated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
On an annual basis, DCR accepts applications for matching-funds, which are donations from organizations for park improvements that are matched by DCR. Through the program, DCR awarded a total of $990,582 to twenty-five municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other entities in Fiscal Year 2019. Upton State Forest will receive $25,529 to continue trail work by reopening drainage ditches and spreading processed gravel for a uniform, safe surface for visitors.
“This grant program provides critical matching funds to support capital projects at parks, beaches, and other reservations across our Commonwealth,” said Senator Moore. “Kudos to the BSTRA for stepping-up to the plate to help with restoring and preserving the trail network at Upton State Forest. Hundreds of our neighbors and visitors to the State Forest will benefit from the tremendous work that will be carried out as a result of this grant funding.”
“The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s impactful grant to restore pathways within the Upton State Forest will now ensure a safe place for visitors,” said Representative Muradian. “Providing more trail work and park improvements, generously matched by the Bay State Trail Riders Association, guarantees that not only the community, but Commonwealth as a whole can enjoy the park for many years to come.”
Since its incorporation in 1973, the BSTRA has advocated for keeping trails open for equestrian use. The organization also advocates for multi-use trails that are horse friendly such as hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, running and snowshoeing.