Trails and the American Spirit: 2000 and Beyond

2000 National Trails Awards Program

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The National Trails Awards Program is one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people who are working to create a national system of trails that meets the recreation, health, and travel needs of ALL Americans and who truly embody the Symposium theme, "Trails and the American Spirit - 2000 and Beyond!"


The nomination form on the back of this page must be used. (Please feel free to make copies for more than one nomination submittal.) One (1) additional supplemental page may be submitted. Entries must be typed. One nomination per category, per form. Please submit three (3) slides of project, individual, or team with the nomination form. Limit of three (3) exhibits (articles, documents, maps, etc.) demonstrating work done toward meeting the award criteria may be included.

Except for the Lifetime Service Award, all efforts eligible for recognition must have occurred between July 1, 1998 and June 15, 2000. Some awards are intended to recognize an individual, while others may recognize an individual, team, or group. Trails projects and efforts to be considered for award will include work done on trails or trailheads and related facilities, improvements in education and information about trails, and service contributing to the betterment of trail opportunities.

The American Trails Board and the 2000 National Trails Symposium Awards Committee shall have sole responsibility for determination of award recipients. The awards will be presented at the 15th National Trails Symposium the evening of Friday, September 22, 2000 at the Awards Banquet. Plan to attend and support the efforts of these worthy recipients!

* * * The Award Nomination Form must be submitted and postmarked no later than June 30, 2000 * * *

Awards Categories and Criteria

* Lifetime Service Award: An individual demonstrating longstanding, significant and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation, and recreation.

* Partnership Award: The partnership must have benefited agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation. The partnership can be between private organizations, public agencies, or public and private interests. The partnership must have contributed toward positive public exposure for the field of trail planning, design, or implementation.

* Trails Public Service Award: Nominee(s) must hold an elected or appointed office at the federal, state, or local level and must have demonstrated significant and consistent support of trail planning, design or implementation through strong leadership and/or legislative efforts. The nominee(s) may be paid employees or volunteers.

* Outstanding Media Award: Nominee(s) must have demonstrated significant and sustained efforts to provide positive public exposure and education in the field of trail use, planning, design, or implementation. The nominee must have demonstrated a willingness and receptiveness to provide free public service exposure about trails.

* Trails and the Arts Award: The award recognizes outstanding public art projects, interpretive signs, or other creative structures associated with trail related improvements.

* Planning/Design Award: Nominee(s) must have demonstrated problem solving through innovative methods on a trail project. The project must have included successful aspects of public participation and/or public agency involvement and have been planned to enhance the recreational trails opportunities within the project area.

* Corporate Award: A business or corporation must have demonstrated significant, sustained, and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation and/or recreation.

* State-of-the-Art Technology Award: The award recognizes a trails-related product, process, or service that has significantly met a need, addressed an issue, or increased efficiency in trail design, development, or maintenance.

* Outstanding Trail Sharing Award: The award recognizes innovative and successful trail sharing efforts, programs, and systems.

* Trail Advocacy Award: (1 award per State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico): Nominee(s) must have demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.

* Trail Worker Award: (1 award per State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico): Nominee must have made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. This award is intended to recognize the commitment and efforts of a private or public sector individual in working for enhanced trail recreation in their local area or state.

Please print and fill out the Award Nomination Form to nominate a person for any of the awards.

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