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NM Quickly Reverses Decision to Drop Trail Funding

New Mexico has reversed its decision to pull out of a program that provides money to build, improve and maintain recreational trails.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation had informed the Federal Highway Administration on Wednesday that it was opting out of the Recreational Trails Program.

A day later, Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez wrote to the FHA saying he had reconsidered and would accept grant funds this year.

A spokesman for Governor Susana Martinez tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that miscommunication over how the funds are used had been resolved quickly.

The grants pay for up to 80 percent of work on trails for motorized and non-motorized use.

The funding comes from a portion of taxes on fuel used by dirt bikes, snowmobiles, three-wheelers and other all-terrain vehicles.