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State Awards Grants For Trail Projects

A Kansas agency has awarded $2 million for development of 16 recreational trails projects, including a route through the Flint Hills region.

The grants were announced Tuesday by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The agency received applications for funds totaling more than $5 million.

The goal of the program is to improve the outdoor amenities of parks and recreational offerings statewide.

The largest award was for $900,000 to the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy for use on the Flint Hills Nature Trail. In addition, the Kaw Nation was awarded $350,000 for the Allegawho Project south of Council Grove, while $31,000 was awarded for a B-29 bomber museum trail in Pratt.

The state trail grant program requires a 20 percent match from the local entity receiving the funding.