Michael A. Sawyers
CUMBERLAND — The $16,312 the Great Allegheny Passage will receive as a grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration will be used to purchase a utility vehicle for the trail’s ranger.
“We are looking at buying a Kubota and a trailer to haul it in,” said trail spokesman Bill Atkinson on Friday. “It will have multiple uses.”
Atkinson said not only will the ranger use the vehicle to provide trail security, but a dump bed can be used for things such as transporting a wrecked bicycle that can no longer be ridden. “Or it could be used to haul gravel to fill in a soft spot on the trail,” he added.
“It will have a winch on it. We sure could have used that recently,” Atkinson said, referring to the numerous trees that fell across the trail because of winds from Hurricane Sandy.
“All trees have been removed. There is a washout at Woodcock Hollow that can be navigated around. Repair work will take place in the spring,” Atkinson said.
SHA’s Recreational Trails Program allocated a little more than $1 million in grants to 11 counties, 12 cities and eight nonprofit associations.
The grants ranged from $5,000 to $64,000.
“Trails provide connections and help people enjoy Maryland’s natural treasures, reducing the impact on the land and improving fitness and well being,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a press release.
The Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service received grants of $14,000 for the Dan’s Mountain Wildlife Management Area and $15,000 for the Mount Nebo WMA.
At each property, the money will be used to provide gravel for parking lots and access roads that are used during a portion of the year.
Contact Michael A. Sawyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.