The donation will go towards the local matching funds required for a a $55,248 grant the NWTA received last fall. That grant, which the NWTA was awarded through the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) will be used to purchase trail building equipment.
The NWTA is currently involved with trail building projects in many areas including Stub Stewart State Park, Forest Park, Cascade Locks, Sandy Ridge, and others. The RTP grant and this new $15,000 donations from Universal will allow them to buy a “Ditch Witch” machine and other tools to complement the ST240 trail building machine they purchased back in 2010.
“Through this donation, NWTA will be able to construct sustainable trails including the forthcoming improvements to Fire Lane 5 in Forest Park,” said NWTA President Jon Pheanis in a statement today. “It takes a community to build trails and we are grateful for such an extremely generous contribution and partner.”
In addition to the $15,000 donation, Universal Cycles will host a fundraiser night for the NWTA this Wednesday, December 12th from 5 – 7:00 pm. Come and enjoy a few drinks and learn about all the great trail stewardship and construction going on in our area.