COLUMBUS — Sen. Tim Schaffer this week announced that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will release funding for recreation trail projects throughout the state pending State Controlling Board approval.

Byesville and the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation will receive $59,889 and $54,945, respectively, for trail projects.

"These recreational trails provide an excellent opportunity for Ohioans to explore and enjoy the beautiful natural terrain that this great state has to offer," Schaffer said. "It is important to see that the State of Ohio is dedicated toward maintaining and preserving these trails for the public to enjoy well into the future."

The projects are funded through a federal grant program that ODNR administers called the Recreational Trails Program. This program allows for reimbursement of up to eight percent of project funding that goes toward creating and maintain trails and supporting facilities as well as improving education and the overall accessibility of the trail for those with disabilities.

Also in southeast Ohio at the border of Hocking and Perry counties, the Monday Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System will receive $310,000 in RTP grant funds for 35 miles of trail maintenance and repair.