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Almost 700,000 people visited Sinks Canyon State Park, shown, in 2020. With over $14 million in federal stimulus and other monies earmarked for outdoor recreation, Wyoming is preparing to accept grant proposals for trail reroutes, new campsites, boat ramps and more. RYAN DORGAN/Jackson Hole Daily File

With more than $14 million in federal stimulus and other monies earmarked for outdoor recreation, Wyoming is preparing to accept grant proposals for trail reroutes, new campsites, boat ramps and more, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

The State Parks and Cultural Resources Department will oversee the work of reviewing applications and doling out funds. The flood of cash could have lasting economic impacts as it helps build out infrastructure ranging from trailhead parking lots to campground expansions, Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office Manager Patrick Harrington said. There is a lot of energy in the state for building outdoor recreation products, he said, both for the economic benefit and to handle growing visitation.

“Everybody that’s in the outdoor recreation world in these communities has a pocket full of ideas,” he said. “All they’re really waiting on is one, the spark and then two, the funding.”

The state has $12 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to use for outdoor recreation purposes, along with $2 million from the Wyoming Office of Tourism. The two pots have different spending deadlines, so the state will employ a rolling application process, Harrington said. It hopes to open the first round in June.

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