The Nevada Division of State Parks administers two federally-funded grant programs: Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreation Trails.
This federal program provides matching grants both to states, as well as through a state to its local governments, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Land and Water Conservation Fund assistance is provided on a 50/50 matching basis to individual projects. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 was enacted “…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….”
The Recreational Trails Program is a Federal Highway Administration assistance program to help states provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. The program provides funding for all types of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving or use of other off-road motorized vehicles. Since 1993 the Recreational Trails Program has funded hiking and equestrian trails, trail brochures, trailheads, interpretive trails, OHV/ATV trails, urban pedestrian/bicycle paths and trail education. Nevada’s Recreational Trails Program is an 80/20 matching program, with the federal grant share up to 80% of eligible costs.