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Recreation and Conservation Programs

ADECA’s Recreation and Conservation Programs assist Alabama communities in promoting outdoor recreation, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and developing eco-tourism opportunities through two federal grant programs, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Recreational Trails Program.

Click here for information on the Alabama outdoor recreation economy provided by the Outdoor Industry Association.


Recreational and Conservation Program Information:
Land and Water Conservation Fund
2017 LWCF Awards Map
LWCF Information and Application Documents
Recreational Trails Program​
​2017 RTP Awards Map
RTP Information and Application Documents
​ADECA Recreation Programs Implementation Documents


Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, provides LWCF matching grants to States and local governments for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas. The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 “…to assist in preserving, developing and assuring accessibility to all citizens of the United States of America of present and future generations…such quality and quantity of outdoor recreation resources as may be available and are necessary and desirable for individual active participation…”

All political subdivisions of the State are eligible to participate in the LWCF program. As such, municipalities, counties, state agencies, state and local educational institutions, and state authorities created by the legislature may apply for LWCF assistance. LWCF assistance may be used for the acquisition of land and water interests for park purposes, the development of new outdoor recreation facilities, and in certain instances, the renovation of existing public outdoor recreational facilities.

Virtually all public outdoor recreation activities are eligible for assistance through the program to include playgrounds, ball fields (including lighting with metal or concrete poles only), court sports, picnic areas, camping areas, trails, swimming facilities and splash pads, etc. In addition, outdoor recreational support facilities such as concession stands, restrooms, press boxes, park access roads, parking areas, utilities, and site preparation necessary to make a recreation activity area usable may qualify for assistance.

The LWCF program provides 50 percent matching assistance to project sponsors. The project sponsor may provide the remaining 50 percent of the project costs in the form of cash and/or in-kind/donated materials and/or services. Grant funds are distributed to project sponsors on a cost-reimbursable basis.

The following program criteria apply to all applicants seeking LWCF assistance:

  • The need for the facility/activity must be documented in Alabama's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
  • The property to be developed must be owned by an eligible applicant.
  • The applicant must agree to manage and operate the LWCF assisted site for public outdoor recreation in perpetuity.
  • Existing outdoor recreation areas owned and operated by the applicant must be well maintained.
  • The applicant must agree to comply with all other laws, rules, and regulations associated with the LWCF program.

LWCF Information and Application Documents

01 2019 LWCF Program Summary.docx01 2019 LWCF Program Summary
02 2019 LWCF Grant Application.doc02 2019 LWCF Grant Application
03 Alabama LWCF Impact Data.pdf03 Alabama LWCF Impact Data
04 The Outdoor Recreation Economy.pdf04 The Outdoor Recreation Economy
05 Recreation Area Inventory Form.xlsx05 Recreation Area Inventory Form


External documents

National Park Service Proposal Description and Environmental Screening Form (PD/ESF)

National Park Service Categorical Exclusions List​

Land and Water Conservation Fund Description and Notification Form – DNF

Application for Federal Assistance - SF 424

Budget Information Non-Construction Programs – SF 424A

Statement of Assurances Non-Construction Programs – SF 424B

Budget Information Construction Programs – SF 424C

Statement of Assurances Construction Programs – SF 424D

LWCF Manual


Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created in 1998 and is funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The RTP provides grant assistance to State and Federal agencies and local units of government for the acquisition and/or development/improvement of recreational trails and trail related resources. Examples of eligible trail types include but are not limited to walking, jogging, cycling, skating, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, off-highway vehicle, and equestrian.

The Federal share of the program is up to 80 percent of total project costs up to the grant ceiling associated with the type of trail and/or trail related facility.  The project sponsor must provide at least 20 percent match in the form of State, local, or private sources, and may include volunteer labor and/or donated materials and/or services.

Applications may be submitted for the following activities:

  • Development of urban trail linkages (includes trail linkages to schools, parks, and existing trails)
  • Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails
  • Provision of features which facilitate the access and use of trails by persons with disabilities
  • Acquisition of easements for recreational trails or recreational trails corridors
  • Acquisition of fee simple title to property from a willing seller for trail development
  • Construction of new recreational trails
  • Assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance
  • Development and dissemination of publications and operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection

RTP Information and Application Documents

01 2020 RTP Program Summary.doc01 2020 RTP Program Summary
02 RTP Overview and Guidance.doc02 RTP Overview and Guidance
03 2017-18 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report.pdf03 2017-18 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report
04 Tips for Project Sponsors.docx04 Tips for Project Sponsors
05 2020 RTP Grant Application.doc05 2020 RTP Grant Application



collapse Section : 01 General Administration ‎(9)
RTP Policy Letter 1 - Reimbursements for Eligible Costs.pdfRTP Policy Letter 1 - Reimbursements for Eligible Costs
LWCF Policy Letter 1 - Equipment Rates.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 1 - Equipment Rates
LWCF Policy Letter 2 – Volunteer Rates.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 2 – Volunteer Rates
LWCF Policy Letter 3 - Sponsor Labor.pdfLWCF Policy Letter 3 - Sponsor Labor
RTP Policy Letter 2 - Equipment Rates.pdfRTP Policy Letter 2 - Equipment Rates
RTP Policy Letter 3 – Volunteer Rates.pdfRTP Policy Letter 3 – Volunteer Rates
RTP Policy Letter 4 - Sponsor Labor.pdfRTP Policy Letter 4 - Sponsor Labor
Beason-Hammon Policy Memo.pdfBeason-Hammon Policy Memo
DUNS Number and FAQ.pdfDUNS Number and FAQ
collapse Section : 02 Startup ‎(5)
Bidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire.docBidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire
Bidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire Attachments A and B.docBidding and Contracting Compliance Questionnaire Attachments A and B
Certification Form.docCertification Form
W-9 IRS Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification.pdfW-9 IRS Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
Alabama Disclosure Statement.pdfAlabama Disclosure Statement
collapse Section : 03 Environmental ‎(4)
ADECA - SHPO Programmatic Agreement.pdfADECA - SHPO Programmatic Agreement
Proposal Description and Environmental Screening Form.docxProposal Description and Environmental Screening Form
Environmental Assessment Format.docxEnvironmental Assessment Format
National Park Service NEPA Handbook.pdfNational Park Service NEPA Handbook
collapse Section : 04 Contracting and Procurement ‎(12)
Checklist for Construction Contract Procedures.docChecklist for Construction Contract Procedures
Checklist for Small Purchase Procedures.docChecklist for Small Purchase Procedures
Checklist for Professional Services Procurement Procedures.docChecklist for Professional Services Procurement Procedures
Beason-Hammon Certificate of Compliance.docBeason-Hammon Certificate of Compliance
Beason-Hammon Contract Clause.docBeason-Hammon Contract Clause
Department of Examiners of Public Accounts Alabama Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws.pdfDepartment of Examiners of Public Accounts Alabama Competitive Bid and Public Works Laws
LWCF and RTP Contract Agreement Special Provisions.docLWCF and RTP Contract Agreement Special Provisions
Small Purchase Quotation Documentation Form.xlsSmall Purchase Quotation Documentation Form
Required Contract Provisions Federal-Aid Construction Contracts.pdfRequired Contract Provisions Federal-Aid Construction Contracts
Sample Required Termination Clauses.docxSample Required Termination Clauses
Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Notification.pdfOffice of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) Notification
Procurement Certification.pdfProcurement Certification
collapse Section : 05 Time, Travel, and Equipment ‎(3)
Time and Equipment Usage Form.xlsTime and Equipment Usage Form
Value of Volunteer Time.pdfValue of Volunteer Time
2019 FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates.pdf2019 FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates
collapse Section : 06 Financial ‎(8)
Reimbursement Request Checklist.docReimbursement Request Checklist
STAARS Vendor Self Service.pdfSTAARS Vendor Self Service
Material Receipt (PMU-1).xlsMaterial Receipt (PMU-1)
Reimbursement Request Form.xlsReimbursement Request Form
Reimbursement Procedures Power Point.pptReimbursement Procedures Power Point
Reimbursement Request Divider Pages.docxReimbursement Request Divider Pages
Memo on Do's and Don'ts with Public Funds Alabama Municipalities.pdfMemo on Do's and Don'ts with Public Funds Alabama Municipalities
Do's and Don'ts with Public Funds Alabama Municipalities.pdfDo's and Don'ts with Public Funds Alabama Municipalities
collapse Section : 07 Close Out ‎(7)
RTP Post Construction Certification Form.pdfRTP Post Construction Certification Form
LWCF Post Construction Certification Form.pdfLWCF Post Construction Certification Form
Boundary Map Specifications.pdfBoundary Map Specifications
LWCF Limitation of Use Requirement.pdfLWCF Limitation of Use Requirement
LWCF Post-Completion Responsibilities.pdfLWCF Post-Completion Responsibilities
LWCF Sign Specifications.pdfLWCF Sign Specifications
RTP Sign Specifications.pdfRTP Sign Specifications

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