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Va. trail projects getting federal help

Sunday - 1/15/2012, 11:05am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - The National Park Service is helping local communities implement more than 200 natural resource and recreational projects, including some in Virginia.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the partnerships with the agency's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program this week as part of the America's Great Outdoors initiative.

Those include partnerships for the Nansemond Water Trail, the September 11th National Memorial Trail, the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail, and the Tobacco Heritage Trail.

It also will help with the Partnership for Smarter Growth and City of Richmond, Spotsylvania Greenway Initiative and the Mathews Heritage Park Land Management Plan.

Each year, the federal program contributes to the construction of 1,700 miles of trail, conservation of nearly 1,000 miles of river, and protection of more than 50,000 acres of open space.

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