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DNR Recognizes State Highway Administration Involvement In Keeping Trails Open
Projects funded through the Federal National Recreational Trail Grant Program
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary C. Ronald Franks presented certificates of recognition on Monday to State Highway Administration (SHA) employees Charles Adams and Terry Maxwell, and contractor Al Califano for their outstanding contributions to the agency’s Recreational Trail Grant Program. The three gentlemen were praised for the expertise they provided which was essential to DNR completing projects funded through the National Recreational Trail (NRT) Grant Program. The awards, given at DNR headquarters in Annapolis, are an acknowledgement of the excellent cooperation between the two state agencies.
“Over the years, these individuals have shown tremendous commitment to our trail projects,” said Secretary Franks. “The energy they have displayed and the quality of their workmanship has regularly surpassed ordinary standards. Each has also helped to demonstrate how effectively SHA and DNR can work together.”
Charles Adams (Butler, Md.), a landscape architect, has been director of the Office of Environmental Design for SHA since 1986. Regarding the success of the DNR Recreational Trail Grant Program, he said, “This is really a great example of different state agencies supporting one another, and I hope we can continue to do so for many years to come.”
Terry Maxwell (Towson, Md.), also a landscape architect, manages the Scenic Byways and Recreational Trails Program for SHA and plays a major role in producing the “Scenic Byways” publication. He is known for his enthusiasm and his ability to identify and solve project problems. His work, such as processing grants and inspecting projects, has been invaluable.
Al Califano (Grasonville, Md.), an expert in landscape and bridge design, was employed by SHA for 30 years. He now works as project chief for Streetscapes, a company contracted by SHA. Known for his great attention to details, he has monitored a multitude of NRT-funded projects throughout the state for the last five years.
DNR receives approximately 30 percent of all NRT grants allocated to Maryland. The agency maintains 825 miles of trail throughout the state and since 1996, has obtained nearly $2 million for 126 trail projects on public lands. NRT grants may be used to purchase equipment and services as well as to fund trail maintenance and construction. Stabilizing and repairing trails at Patapsco Valley State Park, repairing the boardwalk and footbridges at Cedarville State Park, installing interpretive signs at Rocky Gap State Park, and producing a trail guide for Cunningham Falls State Park are among the DNR projects that have been funded.
April 26, 2005
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