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Recreation and Conservation

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 (LWCF) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

The LWCF program provides grant assistance to public agencies for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreation and recreational support facilities.  Typical projects include the fee simple acquisition of property from a willing seller of property for the development of public outdoor recreation facilities and the development of parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, splash pads, wildlife refuges, wetlands, playing fields, and camping facilities.

The RTP provides grant assistance for the acquisition of easements or fee simple title to property from a willing seller and/or the development of recreational trails and recreational trail related facilities. Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to: 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, and the assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance.

In order for the State to be eligible to receive these grant funds, it must meet certain planning requirements. Additional planning information can be found on the "Outdoor Recreation Planning" page.


News / Announcements

RTP Application Workshop

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will be conducting a virtual application workshop for FY 2021 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds due to public safety concerns regarding COVID-19. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 9:00 am.

RTP applications for FY 2021 will be accepted beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021, through 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Click here for more information.

Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities

On June 16, 2017, leaders from organizations both public and private met in Montgomery to:

  1. Strengthen collaboration between partners
  2. Develop a shared understanding of the benefits of walkable communities, especially for disadvantaged populations and people with disabilities
  3. Learn about the funding process and hear from local officials about their walkability initiatives
  4. Provide feedback on the draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
  5. Commit to a collaborative action plan, moving forward.

For additional information, please see below:

Alabama Collaborative Workshop Presentation by Gary Toth

Alabama Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Presentation

Best Practices in Collaborating for Walkable Communities Presentation

Building Inclusive Healthy Communities

Montana Walkable Community Project Presentation

Walkability Audit – Mark Fenton

Vision Zero Network

Information about Metropolitan Planning Organizations Process

Safe Streets Academy Training Opportunity​


Other News

The Alabama Trails Commission has released a website to connect Alabama residents and visitors to the outstanding variety of recreational trails that our state has to offer. You can easily search for trails based upon use type and amenities, and it provides basic information about each trail as well as links to other websites, resources and groups. Once you select a trail, you can find locally owned outfitters, gear suppliers, lodging and campgrounds nearby, as well as directions for how to get to the trailhead.



Apply for Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program administered by the U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service.  See the website below for additional information.



Crystal G. Talley, Community Services Unit Chief, (334) 353-2630

William Robbins, Recreation and Conservation Programs Specialist, (334) 242-5612



American Trails

Equestrian Trails and Conservation Awareness (ETACA)

Federal Highway Administration – Recreational Trails Program

U.S. Soccer Foundation

Alabama Recreation Trails

National Park Service – Land and Water Conservation Fund



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