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Ozark Trail Association Awarded REI Grant

By: Steve Coates
09/18/12 02:58:13 PM

Good news from REI! The OTA received a generous $10,000 grant for 2010 as part of REI's continued support of the OTA's Mega Event program. The grant award is two-fold: 1) to provide tools and food to volunteers who participate in the construction and maintenance of the Ozark Trail; and 2) to acquire and develop promotional materials to recruit new volunteers for work on the Ozark Trail.

The REI-OTA partnership has been very successful over the last seven years by getting over 750 "boots on the ground" volunteers - to help complete nearly 45 miles of new Ozark Trail. The new grant will help continue to build the volunteer base for trail construction and to get the word out about the trail.

Many thanks go out to Abi Jackson, OTA Office Coordinator, for facilitating the grant application process, to Greg Echele for fostering the relationship with Mari Erb, the local REI representative in St. Louis, and to Matt Atnip for assisting in the review of the grant.

And a special thank you to REI! We're looking forward to putting this grant to work!