State grant awarded to Deerfield River Trails

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CHARLEMONT — Since about 2012, Charlemont outdoor adventure businesses, New England Mountain Bike Association enthusiasts and others have been building a network of trails for mountain biking and hiking. Last week, the state Department of Conservation (DCR) awarded $14,000 to Deerfield River Trails of Charlemont to develop a new map/brochure to highlight the trail, install signs at trailheads and intersections, and purchase materials for needed trail repairs at the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in Hawley.

Deerfield River Trails, formerly known as Charlemont Trails, is a network of non-motorized recreational trails that can be reached from the Warfield House, Berkshire East and Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont. Deerfield River Trails has pledged an additional $7,000 to be used as a matching grant for this project.

Each year, the DCR awards Partnerships Matching Funds for projects within the state parks system, going to civic and community organizations for specific projects. The award to Deerfield River Trails was one of 26 such awards this year, and was the only one awarded in Franklin County. The total amount awarded for park projects throughout the state was $859,824.

The DCR, an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks, forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams and parkways.