MONTPELIER, VT. >> The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation says more than $580,000 in grants has been awarded to 15 significant recreational trail projects around the state.

The grants are from state and federal funds through the Recreation Trails Program and will be used to maintain and build public trails.

Among the grant recipients this year are the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance for the Perry Hill Campfire mountain bike/pedestrian trail improvement project; the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers for statewide snowmobile trail system grooming; and the town of Bennington for a new universally accessible/pedestrian 700-foot boardwalk. Grants will also go to the Wheeler Mountain pedestrian trail relocation project in Sutton and for the construction of a 3-mile pedestrian/mountain biking trail network in Rochester.