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The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has approved $435,000 in grant funding for 14 outdoor recreation projects statewide with an estimated impact of more than $2.8 million — including grant funds, matching funds and private investment.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has approved $435,000 in grant funding for 14 outdoor recreation projects statewide with an estimated impact of more than $2.8 million — including grant funds, matching funds and private investment.

“Outdoor recreation plays an important role in Utah’s diverse economy and quality of life,” Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, said in a statement. “As the fastest-growing state in the nation, we have the responsibility to plan for our future by creating and maintaining recreation opportunities in our communities.”

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The funding invests in trails, campgrounds, bike parks and more. Sixty-five percent of the approved funds will support projects in rural counties.

“Our goal is to ensure all Utah residents can live a healthy, active lifestyle through outdoor recreation,” Tom Adams, director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation, said in the statement. “We work with our local partners to build healthy communities and support the outdoor recreation economy. These projects demonstrate Utah’s commitment to fostering close-to-home recreation opportunities.”

For a full list of the recipients, log on to business.utah.gov/news/?sort=press-releases.