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MCALLISTER HONORED FOR TRAILS WORK

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Sen. LeRay McAllister was recently honored for his work in helping to introduce bicycle trails into Utah.

During a ceremony in Provo, McAllister (R-Orem), was recognized by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Recreational Trails Advisory Council, trail users and governmental agencies.According to John Knudson, with the DPR, the Orem senator has been instrumental in bringing several new trail systems into place.

One of those is the Rock Canyon Trailhead in Provo. The trail runs down Provo Canyon and into the town of Provo, then runs north along the foothills of town. This trail could lead to access to forest service trails and the Great Western Trail.

He also initiated legislation in 1991, the Non-Motorized Trails Program, that has made available $1.7 million in fiscal assistance to agencies for planning, acquisition and trail development.

According to Knudson, the state money was leveraged by project sponsor contributions, which resulted in expenditures of more than $4.2 million for non-motorized trail projects to build trails and organize a trail council. This money does not reflect rail expenditures under the Riverway Enhancement Program.

"Largely through his efforts, we have created some of the recreational development we have, not only for bicycles but for all non-motorized uses," he said.