CLCC supports SB 424. This bill re-authorizes bonding for the CT Recreational Trails & Greenways Program, for which there is currently a backlog of grant requests of over $10 million. This grant program truly has made a difference, investing $7 million since 2016 into 41 municipal and nonprofit grants as well as multiple State Park and Forest projects in more than half of all communities across the state. As a matching grant program, it also leverages investments into important community projects from public and private sources. Without this bonding re-authorization, there will be no more matching grants available to fund projects including construction of new trails, maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase or lease of equipment, acquisition of trail easements, and developing trail access for people with disabilities.