Snowmobilers like Mike

13 years ago

To the editor:
    Outdoor enthusiasts across the state owe thanks to the efforts of Congressman Mike Michaud for his dedication to improving recreational opportunities across the state. Michaud sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has oversight over the Recreational Trails Program, which is administered by the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands. The RTP, which is funded by a small portion of federal gas tax revenues, has been a significant funding source for major trail projects throughout the state. Last year’s allocation to Maine was over $500,000. The program provides grants of up to 80 percent for motorized, non-motorized and multi-use trails, bridges and safety and education projects.
    The current reauthorization of the RTP has not yet passed in Congress, but Michaud is leading efforts to not only expand the program, but also requesting that the Department of Transportation allocate $2.5 million for a study to ensure that the current funding formula adequately reflects actual fuel usage by off-road enthusiasts. That’s why groups as diverse as the Maine Snowmobile Association, Sierra Club and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine have endorsed Michaud’s candidacy this year. Mike Michaud deserves the opportunity to continue to improve the quality of life for Maine’s citizens.
Bob Meyers, executive director
Maine Snowmobile Association