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16th National Trails Symposium - Orlando, Florida

BIOGRAPHIES OF SPEAKERS

Plenary Speaker Biographies

Jena B. Brooks, Director, Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jena Brooks currently serves as the Director of the Office of Greenways and Trails within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Before coming to the Office of Greenways and Trails, she served as Chief Cabinet Aide to former Commissioner of Education, Tom Gallagher, and handled his environmental Cabinet agenda and many other diverse issues. She later served as a legislative specialist and lobbyist for the Department of Insurance. Previous employment also includes Human Resources Trainer and High School English Teacher. Jena graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's degree in English.

Rob Draper, Head of Byways, Bike-Ped, Trails and Enhancements for the Federal Highway Administration

Rob Draper has worked with FHWA since 1978 in a variety of positions with planning, research, policy, budget and legislative responsibilities. Most recently, recently served as the director of the National Scenic Byways Program from May 1999 to October 2002. Prior to FHWA, Rob worked with the Federal Railroad Administration and served as a University for ACTION Volunteer. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Landscape and Environmental Design.

Paul Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Paul Hoffman was born and raised in Southern California, but spent a large part of his youth and all of his adult years in Wyoming. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, he holds a degree in Economics with a Biology Minor. His diverse professional career includes being a wilderness guide, a bank loan officer, State Director for then-Congressman Dick Cheney and Executive Director of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce where for nearly 12 years he was a strong advocate for gateway community input into the federal land management decision making process. He now serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior where he helps oversee the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Mr. Hoffman is married, has 2 children and enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family.

Dave Holland, National Director for Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources in Washington, DC.

A 30-year veteran of the Forest Service, Dave has had an extensive career, traversing every facet of National Forest Systems, State and Private Forestry, and broader multiple agency and international forestry programs. His most recent stints as the Deputy Regional Forester and Recreation Director for the Southern Region of the Forest Service, and as Ecosystem Management Coordinator for the Intermountain Region garnered broad experience in developing, reviewing, and accomplishing a diverse program of work. Contributions to several Regional and National programs, state coordination assignments, and international efforts with China, Canada, Nicaragua, and Mexico also created a solid foundation in natural resource technology, practices, policy, and programs. Among his greatest enjoyments is backpacking in the solitude of the Wind River Range each year, fishing and re-energizing. Dave states: "I am encouraged by the broad spectrum of personal experiences that each one of our employees, volunteers, and business partners contributes with passion toward our variety of trails. I welcome your interest and ideas in working with our Forest and District folks as we strive to provide world class recreation opportunities. Your efforts build lasting memories for millions of visitors to America's outdoors! Thanks for your continued support and commitment."

Kit (Caples) Kimball, Director, External & Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior

Kit Kimball, a native of Idaho, has 30 years of experience in the environmental and natural resources public policy arena. She has managed governmental affairs, community relations and public involvement projects on behalf of numerous corporate clients. Ms. Kimball is the Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of the Interior. Secretary Norton chose Kit because of her years of experience working on western public land and environmental issues. Her responsibilities are to enhance communication between DOI and the Governors, elected officials at the state and local levels and the varied organizations that represent interests related to DOI. For the last two years, Kit was the executive director of the Western Regional Council, a group of Western Fortune 500 corporations. It is a coalition of the Chief Executive Officers of corporations whose businesses deal primarily with federal issues that uniquely impact the West. She has served on the boards of numerous associations, representing historic preservation, recreation, mining, and water interest. Kimball holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, an MA in Counseling from the University of Montana, and a BA from the University of Idaho.

Kay Lloyd, Chair, American Trails Board of Directors

Kay Lloyd is currently Chair of American Trails. As Chair of American Trails, Kay is leading the organization into a promising future. She is Past President of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, representing 27 Snowmobile Associations and Chair Emeritus of the International Snowmobile Council. Kay has been in leadership positions for the past 15 years. She has also enjoyed the outdoors for the past 44 years, experiencing everything from climbing Mt. Rainier and Mt. St Helen (before it blew) to hiking to and fishing in high lakes in Washington and Montana. Her first love, however, is snowmobiling. She rode the Iditarod Trail for 1049 miles in 1997 to raise money to educate children. And in 2000, she also rode 2000 miles, from the Canadian Border to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, on the Great Western Trail, when it celebrated its designation as a National Millennium Trail.

Tom Murphy, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Tom Murphy is serving his third term as Pittsburgh's Mayor. After almost nine years in office, the Pittsburgh that Tom Murphy inherited is a dim memory. Replacing it today is a high-energy, cosmopolitan city that glows with optimism. Murphy, the son of a steelworker, attracted over $4 billion in new investment and has worked tirelessly to revitalize old industrial sites and neighborhoods and create recreational opportunities along Pittsburgh's riverfronts. Trails are a key element of Tom Murphy's revitalization plan. A leader in the national Rails-To-Trails movement he supervised building nearly 20 miles of trails (with 18 additional miles under development) running through the center of the City connecting to the riverfronts with river edge parks and multi-use paths. Mayor Murphy serves on the Board of Directors of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Reader's Digest recently ranked Pittsburgh one of the top 5 best cities to raise a family and Money Magazine listed Pittsburgh among the top cities to live in their 12th annual survey.

Thomas Ross, Assistant Director, Recreation and Conservation National Park Service

Tom Ross has served as the Assistant Director, Recreation and Conservation in the Washington office of the National Park Service since 1997. In this capacity, he provides national leadership for the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance, Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery, Long Distance Trails, Federal Lands-to-Parks, and the Wild & Scenic River programs. Previously, Tom managed a number of trail and recreation programs at the national level, working for the National Park Service since 1981. He served on the Fairfax City Planning Commission. Tom is a board member of the National Society for Park Resources.

Robert M. Searns, Greenway Development Consultant, Urban Edges, Inc.

Bob Searns plans and develops trails and greenways. He has a 30-year track record of making projects happen. He produces open space, interpretive and youth/volunteer projects. He was Project Director of the award-winning Denver Platte River and Mary Carter Greenways. Bob co-authored with Chuck Flink, Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the Twenty First Century. He has lectured in the U.S. and abroad and has written articles and editorial opinions for Trail Tracks, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and The Kansas City Star. He has been an instructor and facilitator for the National Parks Service and Mayor's forums sponsored by The Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Mr. Searns serves on the Board of Directors of American Trails.

Dr. Hal Stearns, Lewis and Clark Explorer

Teaching and the military have been the dual career paths of Dr. - Brigadier General Hal Stearns. Dr. Stearns has spent a lifetime studying, pondering and traveling his beloved American West. The rich literature, hardworking and persistent people, fascinating characters, telling events are all part of his history tales. He weaves the past and present, culture and geography into his interpretations of the West. He is a current member of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commissions in Montana and Nebraska and a board member of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. At present, Dr. Stearns is a researcher, writer and lecturer on the Great Plains and American West. He is a frequent speaker-historian across the United States, especially on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He is also a historian for a number of tour groups following the Lewis and Clark Trail.

David B. Struhs, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

David B. Struhs was named secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by Governor Jeb Bush on January 8, 1999. Struhs served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection from 1995 until his appointment to the Florida DEP. He began his environmental career in 1986 at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1989, Struhs was named chief of staff to the Council on Environmental Quality by President George Bush. Struhs holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He was a Fulbright Fellow to the Weekly Review and the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. He graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and political science and a Certificate of African Studies. As DEP secretary, Struhs is charged with protecting the functions of Florida's ecological systems through enhanced coordination of public land acquisition, regulatory and planning programs, and supporting and implementing the department's goal of: More Protection...Less Process.

Denver Stutler, Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor's Office

Denver Stutler serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He began working in in the Bush Administration in 1999 as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Environmental Protection. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Stutler is responsible for assisting the Governor and Chief of Staff in management of the 250 employees in the Executive Office of the Governor, as well as oversight of the 13 executive agencies reporting directly to the Governor. Stutler assists the Governor in reviewing legislation, formulating policy and communicating with legislators, Cabinet members, the media and the public. Prior to entering public service, Stutler was a Principal with Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., an international environmental engineering firm. Stutler completed his undergraduate studies in 1987 at the University of Central Florida, where he majored in civil engineering. He received his Masters degree in 1989 from the University of Central Florida.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SPEAKERS

Chris Abbett is the program manager for the Rivers & Trails Program in the Southeast. The Rivers & Trails Program is a community assistance program of the National Park Service dedicated to helping agencies and organizations protect local resources and develop new close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities. Chris has been with the National Park Service for the past 13 years - all in the Southeast. (404) 562-3175 -- Chris_Abbett@nps.gov

Tom Acre is the Parks, Trails, and Open Space Planner for the City of Commerce City and is responsible for planning and implementation of new parks, trails, and open space. He is Commerce City's Project Manager for the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Trail and has been involved in all aspects of the project. Tom has over 10 years of trails related experience, and is an active volunteer and Board Member for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. (303) 289-3758 Email: tacre@ci.commerce-city.co.us

Jennifer Althaus, Associate Director for the Colorado Youth Corps Association, has worked in the youth corps and National Service fields for six years. Jennifer is a VISTA and AmeriCorps Alum and served as a program coordinator at Fresno Local Conservation Corps in California. Jennifer has an MS in Management and Organizational Behavior and is a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate. Jennifer moved to Colorado to work with CYCA and enjoys the Rocky Mountains. (303) 825-6246 x344 -- jalthaus@piton.org

Dr. Rob Atwill, received a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of California, Davis in 1991. He continued his studies in Epidemiology and Infectious Disease at Cornell University where he received a Ph.D. in 1994. He currently has a split appointment as Associate Veterinarian with the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD, and as an Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist with Veterinary Medicine Extension, UCD. His research and extension program is focused on the interface between water quality, animal agriculture, wildlife, and human health. (559) 686-1731 -- ratwill@vmtrc.ucdavis.edu

Ray Auger has over 25 years experience working with trail and conservation volunteers and professionals. Employed with the Student Conservation Association since 1992, first as Director of Conservation Crews, currently as Program Development Director promoting SCA youth and adult programs with federal, state, and nonprofit natural and cultural resource groups nationwide. Former Executive Director of Vermont's Catamount Trail Association, Ray also served 13 years as Vermont's Green Mountain Club Long Trail system Director of Field Operations. (603) 543-1700 -- ray@sca-inc.org

Peter Axelson is the founder and the Director of Research and Development at Beneficial Designs, Inc., a rehabilitation engineering design firm that works towards universal access through research, design, and education. Peter has initiated and led projects to improve access to outdoor recreation areas and trails through the development of assessment methods and devices, guidelines, and standards. He is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast and has served on numerous boards and committees. (775) 783-8822 peter@beneficialdesigns.com

Jim Barborak, based in Gainesville, Florida, is a protected area specialist with the Latin America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. He has worked throughout Latin America for 25 years, assisting park systems as a trainer, fundraiser, planner, and institutional development adviser. He aids programs to save flagship species like the jaguar, and is involved in efforts to create a regional biological corridor and a hiking, biking and paddling trail system from Mexico to Panama. (352) 371-1713 -- wcsfl@bellsouth.net

Dana Bell is the Project Coordinator for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. She is a member of the California Off-Highway Vehicle Stakeholder Roundtable and Executive Board Member for American Trails. Dana works extensively with off-highway vehicle recreationists and land management professionals to develop solutions to recreation and environmental concerns. (562) 438-6527 -- danafbell@cs.com

Ralph Bell has been with the National Park Service since 1983. For the last ten years, he has managed the sign shop at Mt. Rainier National Park. Ralph has over 4,000 signs in his inventory and 800 of them are trail signs. Ralph's talents have been nationally recognized. He has organized a number of trainings, including two nationwide signmakers conferences and recently led the effort to develop the 3D-arrowhead standard for the new NPS arrowhead. (360) 569-2211 Ext. 3346 -- ralph_bell@nps.gov

Roger Bell has worked over 30 years as a trail contractor, Bellfree Contractors, Inc., with projects in 14 states. He is: board member and past President, Western Trailbuilders Association; Vice Chair, American Trails Board; and past Board Chair, Whole Access. His recent focus has been design/build work in California and Arizona, consulting with agencies, developers and volunteer organizations, and representing several products, such as fiberglass bridges, through a second company, Naturtec: Trail and Bridge Technologies. He holds a PhD and was formerly a college administrator/teacher/counselor. (909) 793-4501 -- Roger@naturetec.com

Brian Bourne is an equestrian and active member of the Southeastern Endurance Riders Association. Along with his wife, Candace, he founded the War Eagle Trail Association, the service organization responsible for all recreational trails on the Tuskegee National Forest. As an employee of the USFS, he has helped initiate trail maintenance workshops for equestrians which have helped many to foster a sense of ownership for the trails they use. As a biker, hiker and equestrian, Brian is a true advocate for shared-use trails. 334-727-2652 -- bbourne@fs.fed.us

Candace Bourne is an active equestrian and competitor in endurance riding. Brian and Candace Bourne founded and have been active as officers and leaders in the War Eagle Trail Association, the service organization responsible for all recreational trails on the Tuskegee National Forest. She is a strong advocate of multi-use, multi-agency partnerships. Candace is also the Chair of the Staff Council at Auburn University where she is part of the Pathobiology Department in the College of Veterinary Medicine. (334) 257-1905 -- cbourne51@msn.com

Geraldine Bower, with the USDA-Forest Service, Washington Office Ecosystem Management Coordination, provides leadership and support for Land and Resource Management Planning, is staff source for collaboration requirements, serves on the agency's access and travel management review, and led the 1997 Wild and Scenic Rivers Directives revision. Former position as Branch Chief for Social Impact Analysis, included regional recreation reviews and ski site proposals. She is a wilderness backpacker and summit climber. (202) 205-1022 -- gbower@fs.fed.us

Stephen Bowes is an Outdoor Recreation planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program in Sarasota Florida. Steve received a Masters degree from the College of Environmental Science in Syracuse. He has been a project manager with RTCA since 1998. Steve's current projects include: the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River Management Plan, the Crane Point wetlands restoration, the St. Augustine Greenway and Blueways Plan, and the Overseas Heritage Trail Interpretive Plan. (941) 330-0069 -- stephen_bowes@nps.gov

David Brickley recently retired from government service where last he served as the Director of the Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner in the law firm of Pfitzner, Morley, and Brickley and served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was co-founder of the Virginia Railway Express, the state's commuter rail system. He is a board member of North American Water Trails, Inc. David is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the George Mason University School of Law. (703) 590-3569 -- dgboutdoors@aol.com

Bobbi Britton is the East Coast Greenway Delaware Trustee. She is a founding member of Delaware Greenways, where she currently serves as an Officer and Director. Bobbi also serves as the chairperson of the Non-motorized Working Group of the Wilmington Area Planning Council. She is a member of the steering committee for the Claymont Renaissance project, a model revitalization project in Delaware and also serves as a member of the Pennsylvania East Coast Greenway. (302) 558-4775 -- bobbibritton@hotmail.com

Ken Bryan has been with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy since 1992. Ken serves as Director of the RTC Florida Field Office and the RTC Trail Conservancy Program which acquires and owns corridors or acquires corridors on behalf of third parties nationwide. Legislatively, Ken has helped guide legislation creating the Office of Greenways and Trails, the Florida Forever Greenways and Trails acquisition program as well as the Safe Paths To Schools Program. (850) 942-2379 -- RTCKen@transact.org

David Buchner directs the Physical Activity and Health Branch, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Prior to joining CDC Dr. Buchner was a Professor at the University of Washington in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is a geriatrician, who worked at the Seattle VA Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center until moving to the CDC. His area of research includes physical activity and older adults. (770) 488-5692 -- Dbuchner@cdc.gov

Alison Bullock is a planner with the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Program, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work includes providing planning assistance to trail and conservation initiatives in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Ms. Bullock provides assistance to the Cumberland Trail, Georgia Pinhoti Trail, and Pine Mountain Trail, gaining public and financial support for these projects, and recently co-hosted the first Southeast Regional Foot Trails Conference in Helen, Georgia. (423) 266-2359 -- Alison_Bullock@nps.gov

Margaret (Peggy) Carr is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has served as the Principal Investigator for the Florida Statewide Greenways Planning Project conducted for the Office of Greenways & Trails from 1994 through the present. Her areas of teaching and research interest are ecological planning and design. (352) 392-6098 x327 -- mcarr@ufl.edu

Jeffrey R. Ciabotti has worked with RTC for 6 years as both a member of the Florida Field Office and the national office in Washington, DC. In Florida he lead advocacy efforts in state trail and greenway legislation including the landmark Preservation 2000 program and its successor the Florida Forever Act. He currently oversees the trail development program providing nationwide technical assistance and training; public presentations and testimony; and grassroots organizing for trail building communities across the US. (202) 331-9696 -- RTCJeff@transact.org

Andy Clarke is the Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He works on-site at the Federal Highway Administration as an on-site technical resource under the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, operated by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Andy has an extensive career in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy with nonprofit organizations. (202) 366-4071 -- rtcandy@aol.com or pedbike@aol.com

Teri Cleeland is the leader of the USDA-Forest Service Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. Prior to joining the Washington DC Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness Resources staff in 2001, Teri worked in Arizona as an archeologist, recreation manager, and district ranger. Teri's background includes community economic development, regional tourism, and historic preservation, skills she used in preserving and promoting historic Route 66 and other historic trails and byways.

Jim Coffman, RLA, is a Senior Project Manager at Todd & Associates, Inc. Mr. Coffman has over 18 years of professional experience emphasizing multi-modal planning and design, urban design, parks, and open space. He received a BS in Business Management and Administration from Indiana University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. Jim is currently the Project Manager for the City of Scottsdale's Master Trails Plan. (602) 952-8280 -- jcoffman@toddassoc.com

Laura Cohen, as Rails-to-Trails Conservancy California State Director, has advocated for policy initiatives to promote trails and greenways for recreation, public health, transportation, and smart growth. In the last 5 years, she worked to expand bike/ped/trail funding by $140 million, and helped transform Caltrans, the state DOT, from an opponent to a supporter of non-motorized transportation. Previously she served in the State Legislature as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Tom Hayden, and worked as an entertainment attorney for MGM/UA. (415) 397-2220 -- lcohen@transact.org

Liz Cole has over 14 years of experience in providing planning, design and implementation services for a multitude of private and public sector projects. As Director of Greenways and Open Space, she has provided consulting services for projects that have focused on environmental, cultural and historic resource preservation and restoration opportunities. (678) 333-0385 -- ecole@jjg.com

Bartolome (Bart) Colom is the Executive Director and founder of the Florida Youth Conservation Corps. Although, Bartolome's background is in banking and law, Bartolome became instrumental in setting up various youth programs in Africa. He then took this experience and translated it into a successful, growing and self-sustaining youth program in Florida. FYCC has been involved in several State and Federal conservation projects, including the construction of an extensive boardwalk in a swamp area. (352) 523-2078 -- youth.fycc@pcia.net

Pat Comerford is an Extension Horse Specialist and Instructor of Equine Science at Pennsylvania State University. (814) 863-3657 -- pcomerford@psu.edu

Kimber Craine is the communications manager for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), whose 56 member state and territorial agencies provide more than $400 million in support of some 27,000 artists and cultural organizations nationwide annually. He is the project director for two national projects focusing on the arts role in the landscape and recreation-Arts Projects on Millennium Trails and the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Cultural Development initiative. (202) 347-6352 -- Kimber.Craine@nasaa-arts.org

Dr. Linda Crider is a research associate for the University of Florida, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She coordinates the statewide Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program for the Florida Department of Transportation, a program she has directed for over ten years. She serves as past president of The Florida Bicycle Association and as President of Bike Florida, Inc. She is working with FDOT systems planning office on the Multi-modal Level of Service research project, a major transportation planning initiative. (352) 392-8192 -- LBCrider@aol.com

Tom Crimmins is a trained Forester with 32 years experience with the USDA-Forest Service. Tom has more than 20 years of experience planning and designing off-highway vehicle trails. As a trails consultant Tom is active in a wide variety of projects, serving as an advisor to the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, advisor to American Trails, and as a consultant for the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Tom also acts as a national spokesperson for Americans for Responsible Recreational Access. (208) 762-2298 -- tmcrimmins@aol.com

Scott Daniels is a local realtor who has been a citizen activist supporting trail programs in Pinellas County. He is President of the Pinellas Trails, Inc., a citizens group formed to advocate the creation of the Pinellas Trails. He still plays an active role in supporting improvements policies concerning the Trails have been reviewed. He is recognized as a strong private citizen spokesperson for the benefits of the Pinellas Trails. (727) 725-1111

Linda Conway Duever is President/Principal Ecologist of Conway Conservation, an ecological consulting firm based near Micanopy, Florida. Over her 30-year career as a plant ecologist and land management specialist, she has served on the science staffs of The Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, and has researched road/trail impacts and related issues for numerous agencies/organizations. She is an active rider and has been instrumental in expanding equestrian opportunities within the Florida greenway system. (352) 466-4136 -- conwayconsrv@conway.com

Steven Didier is the Vice Chair of BCHA and has been a professional packer for the US Forest Service for 15 years. He has been an instructor for the Wildlands Training Center and developed a course of instruction pertaining to the use of harness animals for back country projects. He has taught this course in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Indiana for the Forest Service. Steve authored a Forest Service booklet entitled Stock Drawn Equipment for Trail Work. (208) 926-4910 -- sdidier@camasnet.com

David Dionne is Trails Superintendent for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. David became the first Park Superintendent of the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park in 1987. Since then, Anne Arundel County's trails have expanded to include several new trail projects that have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2001 David became the Chairman of the National Board of Trustees for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a non profit corporation linking the many trail projects between Maine and Florida. (410) 222-8820 -- Trailman96@msn.com

Jenifer Domerchie has worked with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council since 1997 and has created a Regional Greenway and Trail workgroup made up of six counties and state agencies. She facilitated the development of Osceola and Volusia Counties public involvement master planning process and authored the Volusia Trail Plan design standards and plan recommendations. Currently, Jenifer is coordinating the establishment of a 35-mile linear park system with trails from Brevard into Volusia Counties to tie into the region's trail system. (407) 623-1075 -- jenifer@ecfrpc.org

Jaime Doubek-Racine is a Planner for the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program, Florida. She assists non-profits and local governments on land acquisition efforts through grantwriting. Jaime has also completed numerous countywide trail masterplans on behalf of local governments. Previously, while working at the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Jaime developed the Gulf Coast Heritage Trail, the first in the state which now serves as a model for nature based and heritage tourism trails. (941) 330-8047 -- jaime_doubek-racine@nps.gov

Christopher Douwes is the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program Manager in Washington DC. He represented FHWA on the Access Board's Outdoor Developed Areas committee. He manages several contracts for research, technology development, and technical assistance for trail-related activities, and participates with the National Trails Training Partnership. Christopher received his Master's of Science in Transportation from Northwestern University in 1990. (202) 366-5013 -- christopher.douwes@fhwa.dot.gov

Rich Dunkel has been a Trails advocate since 1988. He was a Board Member and first Chairman of the Florida Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. He is President of Trail Friends, Inc., a Central Florida Trails organization and was a member and Chairman of Florida DEP's Recreational Trails Council. He lobbies on a National, State and local level for Trails. He is the Secretary of the Citizen Support Organization supporting the Office of Greenways and Trails. (352) 383-8076 -- rdunkel@earthlink.net

Patrik Dylan is a Landscape Architect with Skagit County Parks and Recreation in Washington State. As the Project Manager in charge of the Northern State Recreational Area, he was responsible for providing the public with a site plan that could be supported by a variety of interest groups and stakeholders that were interested in the site. (360) 336-9414 -- patrikd@co.skagit.wa.us

Steve Elkinton has served as the National Park Service's Program Leader for the National Trails System since 1989. Raised near Philadelphia, with degrees from Kalamazoo College (Fine Arts) and the University of Pennsylvania (Landscape Architecture), he entered NPS service in 1978. Before his current position, he was involved in planning and design projects in the National Capital Region and at Cuyhaoga Valley National Park in Ohio. (202) 354-6938 -- steve_elkinton@nps.gov

Cherri Espersen is an outdoor recreation planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. In addition to other projects, she is currently the National Recreation Trail program coordinator for the Department of the Interior. Cherri has previously worked as an environmental specialist for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (202) 354-6920 -- cherri_espersen@nps.gov

Rod Fahl is the Lead Wilderness Ranger and Stock Manager for the Hoosier National Forest. He is also the Search and Rescue coordinator for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. Prior to arriving in Indiana, he worked in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness on the Gila National Forest. He served as a Wilderness Technician, where he was a trail crew foreman and packer for seven years. (812) 275-5987 -- rfahl@fs.fed.us

John Favro, as the Trails Coordinator for the Northern Region of the Forest Service, is responsible for the Forest Service trail programs in Montana, Northern Idaho, and North Dakota. During his 30 year career, John has managed hiking, water, snowmobile, stock, OHV, bicycle, ski and even dog sled trails. John is currently the Forest Service Team leader for the Montana/North Dakota Interagency Working Group which is managing cross-country OHV travel in these states and has developed a strong OHV ethics, information, and education program. (406) 329-3150 -- jfavro@fs.fed.us

Mark Fenton is host of America's Walking series on PBS, author of "The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" and Physical Activity Program Manager of the University of North Carolina's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The former editor of WALKING Magazine, Mark was a member of the U.S. racewalking team and competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Trials. Mark earned BS and MS degrees at Massachusetts Institute Technology. (781) 545-5004 -- mark.fenton@verizon.net

Mylon Filkins is a practicing veterinarian at Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital in Bakersfield, California. He is a featured speaker on equine topics at seminars throughout the nation. As the Public Liaison with the Back Country Horsemen of America, he has helped to establish the first Recreation Committee with the American Horse Council in Washington DC, and he currently serves as the Chairman of this committee. (661) 832-1150 -- BVHWLA@aol.com

Charles A. Flink, ASLA, is founder and president of Greenways Incorporated, an environmental planning and landscape architecture company based in Durham, North Carolina. Flink has worked to prepare comprehensive greenway and open space plans for more than 100 communities within 28 States, Japan, Canada and Argentina. He co-authored with Bob Searns, Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the Twenty First Century (Island Press). He is a board member of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. (919) 484-8448 -- FlinkC@aol.com

Eleanor Foerste, an extension educator for 22 years in Osceola County, offers educational programs on green building practices for builders, developers and consumers; nature and heritage tourism; growth management planning; environmental education and wildlife habitat enhancement. She facilitates a countywide volunteer greenways and trails planning team composed of government and agency staff and trail users. Eleanor is helping private landowners understand conservation easements to protect their agricultural heritage while protecting natural resources. (407) 846-4181 ext. 117 -- ecfoerste@mail.ifas.ufl.edu

George E. Fogg, is a well-known landscape architect recognized for his work in the area of park and recreation design. He is a recent inductee into the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of 500 fellows nationwide. Also known for his writing, with seven books published, the best known of which is "Park Planning Guidelines", Mr. Fogg is the author of the soon to be released "Park Guidelines for Off-Highway Vehicles." (239) 261-6062 -- ibisla@comcast.net

Marianne Fowler has been with RTC for more than 12 years at their national office in Washington, DC. She is responsible for advocacy and research in support of RTC's policy positions that advance the creation of the "green infrastructure" of trails and greenways, including the defense of railbanking and the transportation enhancements provisions of TEA-21. She serves as co-chair in the Coalition for Recreational Trails and the Transportation Enhancements Coalition as well as board member of American Trails. (202) 331-9696 -- RTCMarianne@transact.org

Ed Freeman and his family have been in Florida since at least 1830 when they appeared on the first US census of the new territory, with the brief exception of the 1930s when Ed's great-grandfather fled to Cuba to escape prison on rum-running charges. In 2000, after 11 years of protecting environmentally sensitive lands for Sarasota County, Ed began working for The Nature Conservancy (Land Protection) at the new office in Sarasota. (941) 366-3130 -- efreeman@tnc.org

Richard Gagliano is the president and patent holder for Pin Foundations, Inc. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Sustainable Design and Soils Engineering. He is also a principle in Ratcliffe/Gagliano Architecture and Planning, and has contributed as a citizen's advisor to Growth Management and Design Guideline regulation in the Northwest. He is currently a member of the Northwest Eco-Builder's Guild, and US Green Building Council. (253) 858-8809 -- rick@pinfoundations.com

James Gardner is Director of the Jasper County Parks and Recreation Department. Located in one of the fastest growing counties in S.C, James successfully manages over 30 facilities, 7 programs, a $600,000 budget, has received numerous grants and acquired several hundred acres of new park land. His career appointments include - Town of Ridgeland Planning Commission; Chairman of Jasper County Health and Human Services Council and Chairman of the SC Committee for the East Coast Greenway. (843) 726-7706

Grant Gelhardt, has served as an Environmental Administrator for the Florida Communities Trust (FCT), of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) since 1999 and has worked for FCT since its inception in 1991. During that time FCT has awarded 503 grants to 145 cities and 47 counties under both the Preservation 2000 Program and subsequent Florida Forever Program. Grant obtained a BS in Business Management from Florida State University. (850) 922-1704 -- grant.gelhardt@dca.state.fl.us

Mark W. Gibson is the Navy Natural Resources Manager for NAS Pensacola/NAS Whiting Field in Florida. He is a recipient of the Secretary of the Navy Award for Natural Resources, 2000 and 2001. He also received the Department of Defense Honorable Mention Award for Natural Resources in 2001. He has been involved with the Student Conservation Association since 1993 with 33 total students, 2 currently employed. Mark is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. (850) 452-4611 x126 -- gibsonmw@pwcpens.navy.mil

Pam Gluck has been the Executive Director of American Trails for five years. She has over seventeen years of trails experience and has an educational background in outdoor recreation planning and business management. Prior trails experience includes owning her own hiking/cross-country ski guide service; serving as the Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, for six years; and serving as the Arizona State Trails Coordinator for five years. (530) 547-2060 -- pam@americantrails.org

Mark Gluckman has been a Land Planning Consultant for thirty-three years, providing planning services to local governments and private developers throughout Florida. Most recently he has been contracted by the Suwannee River Water Management District to assist with recreation planning on District properties focusing primarily on the Suwannee River Corridor. He is working to connect District properties with local communities and the private sector to enhance the economic activity within rural area of the District. (352) 463-9020 -- markgluckman@aol.com

Margaret Gorski has worked for close to 30 years in three National Parks and three National Forests in the West. Her experience includes working as Seasonal Park Ranger-Naturalist, Landscape Architect, Recreation Planner, District Recreation Staff, and District Ranger. Her current position as Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Coordinator includes working with the Washington Office of the Forest Service and the National Forests and Grassland units along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail overseeing the Forest Service's strategic planning for and involvement in the Bicentennial Commemoration. (406) 329-3587 -- mgorski@fs.fed.us

Steve Gunderson has lead and been involved with trail related organizations for many years. These include Boy Scouts, Idaho Trail Council, the Idaho Trail Machine Association, Boise Front Coalition, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. He has received recognition from the Governor of Idaho, the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation, Take Pride in America, The President's Council on Environment and Recreation, and the National Chevron Conservation Award. (208) 377-1296 -- smgundy@msn.com

Brian Grimsey coordinates Parks Canada's involvement in the Canadian Heritage Rivers Program. Brian brings over 23 years of national park, historic site, and river and trail planning experience to his position as Parks Canada's Senior Advisor on Rivers, Trails and Heritage Corridors. In addition to overseeing Canadian Heritage Rivers in national parks, Brian supports provincial and territorial governments in preparing background studies, management plans and monitoring reports for rivers deemed to be of outstanding Canadian value. Brian is the current Board President of North American Water Trails. (819) 953-9497 -- brian_grimsey@pch.gc.ca

Kandee Haertel has been Executive Director of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource since 2000 and serves on the Illinois Greenways and Trails Council. She is co-founder of Trail Riders of DuPage, and a member of the Illinois Conservation Congress, the Trails Committee of the American Endurance Ride Conference, the Illinois Chapter of Rails-to-Trails, the Horsemen's Council of Illinois and the Illinois Trail Riders. She received the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for work on the 475-mile Grand Illinois Trail. (815) 776-0150 -- khaertel@elcr.org

Scott Hamilton is a Planner for the City of Scottsdale, where he helped develop the Pinnacle Peak Trail and Trailhead. He is currently overseeing the Scottsdale's Trails Master Plan, and is coordinating a trail along the 336-mile Central Arizona Canal. Before Scottsdale, Scott volunteered at the Student Conservation Association, as the Trails and OHV Grant Coordinator for AZ State Parks, and as a Planner for BLM. Scott has Natural Resource Management degree from Arizona State. (480) 312-7722 -- shamilton@ci.scottsdale.az.us

Jan Hancock is a member of the American Trails Board and President of the Arizona Trail Association. She serves on the City of Phoenix Parks Board and Design Review Standards Committee for the Planning Department, the Arizona State Horsemen's Association Board of Directors, and the Governor's Growing Smarter Oversight Council. Jan authored Horse Trails in Arizona and is currently working on the Equestrian Source Book, a manual of design guidelines for horse trails, trailheads, and campgrounds. (602) 252-8387 or (877) 727-7117 -- hancockjan@aol.com

Mary Hanson has been with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program since 1999. She is a certified mediator/facilitator in the State of Nebraska. She is currently working on projects relating to promoting trails for health, small community trails, and shared use trails. Mary co-authored Getting Organized - Creating an Equestrian Trails Organization and just completed the brochure Recreational Use Statutes and the Private Landowner. (402) 221-3350 -- mary_hanson@nps.gov

Terry Hanson is currently the Community Projects Manager for the City of Redding in northern California. Redding was the host of the 2000 National Trails Symposium and a large magnet for active trail users of all kinds. Terry is responsible for coordinating trail planning, funding and development with Redding's active federal and state partners on adjoining National Forests, National Park and federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. He is currently a member of the American Trails board of directors. (530) 225-4009 -- thanson@ci.redding.ca.us

Robert C. Harris is a Certified Association Executive, founder of the NonProfit Resource Center, and Chairman of the Harris Management Group, Inc., an internationally recognized association management company founded in 1979. His firm is known for its management efficiency practices for associations. Mr. Harris conducts trainings on self-auditing, leadership orientation, board development, and strategic planning. His books include Building an Association Management Company; Incoming President's Workbook; Committees - Secrets for Success; and How to Start an Association. (850) 222-6000 -- Bob@hmgnet.com

Douglas Hattaway is a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land, Florida. Doug has private, public and international experience working with land use, hazard mitigation and recovery planning and economic development in Central Europe. His current responsibilities with TPL involve purchasing lands identified as important community resources under imminent threat of development. Doug received a degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida and in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. (850) 222-7911 ext. 20 -- doug.hattaway@tpl.org

Bill Hay is the Owner of T.E.A.M.S, an internal Forest Service business enterprise, completing optimum location reviews (OLR) for the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Bill's team completes planning and implementation of the NEPA process for many projects, especially fire and long-term rehabilitation situations, and has been very successful in getting everyone's acceptance before the acquisition process begins. Bill has worked for the USDA-Forest Service for 27 years and for the government including military service since 1968. (707) 562-8683 -- bhay@fs.fed.us

Jo Hickson is a registered Landscape Architect in Georgia and South Carolina. Jo has managed several recreation and park planning projects for local county governments. She is a member of the Chatham-Savannah Greenspace Advisory Committee and served as past President of the Coastal Georgia Land Trust. Her current professional focus is managing and organizing the Coastal Georgia Greenway Steering Committee. (912) 236-0845 -- JoHickson@comcast.net

Ginger Hoke is a Project Manager for TEI Engineers and Planners, Florida where she is responsible for trail and park planning and design, grant and referendum funding and community planning. Ginger previously worked for Seminole County, Florida where she developed the County-wide GIS Trails/Greenways Master Plan and was instrumental in the passage of the $20 million referendum for Trails. Ginger is a member of the 2002 National Trails Symposium Planning Committee. (407) 805-0355 -- ghoke@tei-us.com

Ted D. Howell, Director of Western Colorado Conservation Corps Grand Junction CO, has worked extensively with youth in the trail construction and maintenance fields. He also serves as an advisor on trail construction and maintenance to the NPS, Colorado State Parks, BLM, USFS, and municipalities in Western Colorado. (970) 241-1027 -- partner2@gj.net

Elizabeth Holloway has been the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for the Florida Keys for two years and has been working closely with the Florida Park Service and Florida Department of Transportation to make the Overseas Heritage Trail a reality. She has been active as a bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner since 1992. (305) 289-2500 -- mcplan4@mail.state.fl.us

David Hunt is a certified planner with 12 years experience focusing on urban redevelopment, transportation planning, and capital funding. He served as the Director of Transportation in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was instrumental in developing the East Coast Greenway alignment. During his tenure, over $40 million was allocated to transportation projects, including multi-use trails throughout Wilmington. He serves on the East Coast Greenway's Advocacy Committee. Mr. Hunt is a University of Pennsylvania graduate. (302) 234-6100 -- dhunt@vollmer.com

Ray R. Irvin is with Indy Parks Greenways, Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation where he oversees the implementation and operation of the Indianapolis Greenways Master Plan and the planning, development and promotion of over 200 miles of recreation, fitness, and conservation trails and corridors along 17 river, stream and old rail corridors for a totaling over 5000 acres in Marion County, and 327 miles of Bike Routes. (317) 327-7431 -- rirvin@indygov.org

Stewart Jacobson is the National Coordinator for Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace with the BLM and serves as an advisor to both programs. A graduate of Utah State University in Landscape Architecture - Environmental Planning, he has worked for BLM for 32 years as a Landscape Architect, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Coordinator of Recreation, and Wilderness Cultural Resources at BLM's National Training Center. He enjoys being outdoors with his wife and children skiing, hunting, fishing, rafting, & hiking. (801) 539-4235 -- Stewart_Jacobson@ut.blm.gov

Keecia James is a Project Officer at Active Living by Design, which is part of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Public Health and a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. James formerly served as a Program Manager for the Southern Growth Policies Board. She also studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria. She has a Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and had a year-long internship in the City of Urbana planning department. (919) 843-3080 -- keecia_james@unc.edu

Peter S. Jensen, a trail designer/builder, established Openspace Management in 1988 and has 26 years of experience in designing and constructing trails. He was the Appalachian Trail Conference's representative to the U. S. Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas from 1997 to 1999 where he helped shape proposed federal guidelines for development of new trails, camping facilities, picnic sites, and beaches. He is a contractor member of the Western Trail Builders Association as well as a licensed forester in Massachusetts. (413) 528-0910 -- opespace@bcn.net

Corita Jones is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program. She graduated from St. Mary's College of MD with a BA in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Studies. Corita is an avid waterwoman, having rowed and sailed at college, counseled 3 years at a Girl Scout Sailing, Windsurfing and Canoeing camp and taught on New Jersey's official tall ship, the AJ Meerwald. (202) 354-6908 -- corita_jones@nps.gov

Kyle Jones is the Realty Specialist for the USDA Forest Service with primary responsibility for land acquisition for the Florida National Scenic Trail. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he acquired land for The Nature Conservancy and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker and Registered Assistant Appraiser. (850) 523-8577 -- krjones@fs.fed.us

Michael Jones has become a recognized leader in the field of bicycle, pedestrian, and trail facility planning and design. Prior to founding Alta in 1996, he started the bicycle and pedestrian planning divisions at both Fehr and Peers and Wilbur Smith Associates. He has over 16 years of experience and has managed over 100 bicycle, pedestrian, and trail studies. Mr. Jones has a Master's Degree in Transportation Planning from George Washington University. (415) 482-8660 phone -- mgjones@pacbell.net

Anne Keller is the St. Johns River Navigator working to assist communities in the watershed under the American Heritage River Initiative. She has worked for the St. Johns River Water Management District, been a high school and community college teacher, and a researcher for the USGS. Anne earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Florida in limnology and aquatic toxicology, respectively. She enjoys bird watching, hiking, scuba diving and owning Labrador retrievers. (904) 396-9141 -- keller.anne@epamail.epa.gov

Andy Knapp is Contributing Editor on for Canoe & Kayak magazine since 1996, and occasional contributor to Sea Kayaker magazine and other periodicals, and the author of Mountain Bike the Great Plains States (1996). He also serves as Editor of the Upper Midwest Kayak Touring News, a regional newsletter. Andy is Vice-President of the Board of North American Water Trails, and a board member and president of the Lake Superior Water Trail Association of Minnesota, and finally, of the Trade Association of Paddlesports (TAPS). (612) 339-3433 -- AndyKnapp@worldnet.att.com

Mary Anne Koos is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation, serving the Florida panhandle. As an advocate for cycling and walking within the Department, she guides development of sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-use trails, coordinates community support and educational programs and provides training in design and implementation of projects. Her favorite projects include the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail, the Withlacoochee Trail, the Blackwater Heritage Trail and Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. (850) 638-0250, ext. 547 -- Maryanne.koos@dot.state.fl.us

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician trained at Tufts University and Harvard School of Public Health. He was a military flight surgeon for 22 years, retiring as the Chief Flight Surgeon of the Air Force and a full colonel. There he was responsible for the health and performance of top pilots. He is a consultant in population health with a focus on seniors. He lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania. (570) 674-5927

Bill Lane is a registered Landscape Architect with an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee. Since becoming employed with the National Park Service in 1993, Bill has worked on a variety of Greenway/Trail projects throughout the southeast. His community project assistance work has included the Tennessee Statewide Greenways Initiative, East Coast Greenway and the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway. (404) 562-3175 -- Bill_Lane@nps.gov

Dave Lange is a Community Planner with of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for the National Park Service's Philadelphia Support Office. He has over 15 years experience working on a variety of river conservation initiatives, including national rivers policy, state river assessments and programs, watershed planning, regional and local river corridor planning, greenway and trail initiatives, and wild and scenic rivers studies. He received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Franklin and Marshall College in 1978. (215) 597-6477

Mike Lanpher has been involved with the Mid Florida Milers Walking Club since 1992 and has served in multiple capacities. He is the Club's Trailmaster with responsibilities for locating, developing, mapping and preparing detailed route instructions for walks and bikes throughout Central Florida. (407) 695-9181 -- mlanpher@cfl.rr.com

Ben Lawhon, a Natural Resources Management graduate of the University of Tennessee, joined the Leave No Trace, Inc. staff in May 2001, where he serves as the Education and Projects Manager. His current responsibilities include curriculum development, management of national educational programs and general outreach. Previously he worked as the Associate Regional Representative for the Appalachian Trail Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Ben is an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying kayaking, telemark skiing and backpacking. (303) 442-8222 -- ben@lnt.org

Patricia Longmuir, Founder of PEL Consulting, works with public, not-for-profit and private agencies to enhance the physical activity and recreation opportunities available to people of all abilities. Patti is a Master Trainer for the Universal Trail Assessment Process. She specializes in access to outdoor, natural environments and has completed numerous UTAP. She holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Toronto and is a Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant 416-445-2358 -- pe.longmuir@utoronto.ca

Stuart Macdonald has spent 18 years as Colorado's State Trails Coordinator and has served as chair of the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee. He currently publishes the American Trails newsletter and manages the website at www.AmericanTrails.org. He also works with the National Recreation Trail Program and the National Trails Training Partnership. (303) 321-8082 -- MacTrail@aol.com

Craig Mackey serves as the National Public Policy Liaison for Outward Bound USA and Wilderness Inquiry. Craig is a founder of the Alliance for Wilderness Education and Stewardship, a member of the Education Review Committee of Leave No Trace, Inc., and the Board of Governors of the Colorado Outward Bound School. Craig has served on the Board of Directors of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America (ORCA), as chair of ORCA's Government Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Fixed Anchors in Wilderness Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee. (303) 278-2298 -- cwmackey@aol.com

Christine Magnarella Ray does planning, design, and implementation of projects with a focus on recreation, environmental restoration and conservation. Projects include conservation master planning, greenway corridor development, and stream restoration. Christine holds a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of Georgia, with a Certificate of Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. (828) 225-4545 -- cmagnarella@jjg.com

Helen Mahan is a community planner with the Rivers & Trails Program in the Philadelphia Support Office of the National Park Service. She has over twelve years experience providing technical assistance to parks and community-based trail and greenway projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Her most recent projects include the Philadelphia KidsWalk Initiative, the Delaware River Heritage Trail, the Dinwiddie County Battlefield Trails Plan, and the Wyoming Valley Wellness Trails Partnership. (215) 597-6483 -- Helen_Mahan@nps.gov

Adam Mattis, a native of Western Pennsylvania, has been coordinator of Project Ridge RIDER for the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area since its inception in 1999. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Environmental Resource Management, Adam is dedicated to restoring and preserving the historical value and natural resources of rural Pennsylvanian communities for all to enjoy. (814) 696-2900 -- amattis@alleghenyridge.org

Emily McAllister has been the Education & Program Specialist for Tread Lightly! Inc., since July 1998. A graduate of Utah State University, with a degree in Environmental Studies, her current responsibilities include development and review of all educational materials and management of programs, as well as much of the educational outreach. Her greatest love is being with her husband and being on the trail whether it is hiking, biking or driving. (801) 627-0077 -- emily@treadlightly.org

John McCarty manages the Landscape Architecture group at the Carbondale, Colorado office of Otak, Inc. and is involved in a wide range of natural resource based and urban design projects at the federal, state and local level. John played a key role with the design refinement and construction of the award winning Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon Project and its associated recreation trail. (970) 963-1971 -- john.mccarty@otak.com

Edwin McCook is Public Use Coordinator for the Suwannee River Water Management District. He is responsible for planning and developing recreation opportunities on properties owned by the District. He is the District's liaison to work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks to assist with planning and development of a series of "river camps" on District properties as a part of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail. (386) 362-1001 -- mccook_e@srwmd.state.fl.us

Lenor McLean has been a Project Engineer and Project Manager with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in Orlando, FL for over four years. During her tenure at VHB, Lenor has been an active member of VHB's corporate Bicycle and Pedestrian Team, which is made up of professionals from all geographic and technical areas within VHB. Lenor has planned and engineered several trails here in Florida and is currently involved with the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. (407) 839-4006 EMail: lmclean@vhb.com

Tom Meacham is the Past President of the Virginia Horse Council. -- Tmeacham@vt.edu

Joe Meade is the Director of Recreation for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service. Joe has previously served as the Developed Sites Program Manager and Accessibility Coordinator in National Headquarters of the Forest Service and other field assignments. Joe is active in many recreational pursuits and is never discouraged form a recreational challenge. (505) 842-3443 -- jmeade@fs.fed.us

David Mensing was the Trek Manager for the American Frontiers event and is an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Mensing was the primary person responsible for taking the concept of the American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey and moving it from concept to completion through his efforts to bring on partners and sponsors to make the trek happen. (505) 438-7418 -- dmensing@nm.net

Barbara Meyer has been the Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Coordinator for the Brevard County Office of Transportation Planning/Metropolitan Planning Organization since 1988 and has developed, coordinated, and implemented bicycle and pedestrian safety programs addressing education, engineering and enforcement countywide. Ms. Meyer also served as the Project Coordinator for the development and implementation of the Brevard County Greenways and Trails Master Plan. (321) 690-6890 -- Barbara.meyer@countygovt.brevard.fl.us

Forest Michael has planned and designed pedestrian and community plans since 1983. Forest is the Landscape Architect of Record for the Central Florida Loop, Interstate 75 Land Bridge, Lake Okeechobee Segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail Master Plan west, Winter Springs Town Center, and many federal projects throughout the United States. His latest focus is the urban greenway system and 121 year-old Central Park in Winter Park Florida. (407) 645-3377 -- forest@mda-winterpark.com

Linda Mick O'Hara, Ph.D. was hired as the Associate Director of El Camino Real International Heritage Center located in the Socorro, New Mexico Field Office of the BLM in January 2002. Linda received her Master's Degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska in 1983 and a PH.D. in Archaeology/Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1994. She worked for the Office of Archaeological Studies and the New Mexico State Monuments for 13 years doing research and education/outreach for the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe. (505) 838-1279 -- Linda_Mick-O'Hara@blm.gov

Dan Miller is a community planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Dan has previously worked as an outdoor recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management in Coos Bay, OR and the US Forest Service in Ashland, OR. Dan received a BA in resource management and public policy from Clark University in Worcester, MA and his master's in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. (206) 220-4122 -- dan_miller@nps.gov

Frank Miller is Executive Director of the Friendship Trail Corporation, a Florida nonprofit corporation, and owner of the Tampa Bay Trade Exchange. He sits on the Board of Directors for the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and was named Citizen of the Year by that organization in both 1998 and 2000. He holds a BS from the State University of New York and a Masters from Syracuse University. (813) 835-5252 -- fmiller9@tampabay.rr.com

Jim Miller is Dispersed Recreation Program Manager, USDA-Forest Service National Headquarters. Program management for all trails, caves, and the Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace outdoor ethic programs. Previous work on the San Bernardino NF in CA, the Tongass NF in AK, and Fort A.P. Hill, VA. Hold a Master's from Duke University and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary. Interested in outdoors activities. (202) 205-1313 -- jbmiller01@fs.fed.us

Kathleen Mispagel is the Trails Coordinator at Beneficial Designs, Inc. and a Master Trainer for Universal Trail Assessment Process courses. She has conducted numerous trail assessments, including ones for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. She has provided various accessibility presentations at national training courses and conferences offered to employees in the fields of recreation and parks to assist individuals in developing environments that are accessible to people of all abilities. Kathy received her M.S. in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. (831) 429-8447 ext. 113 -- kathy@beneficialdesigns.com

Jane Moore has served as the Program Manager for the Recreation Fee Program of the National Park Service in Washington D.C. since August 1999. Previous to her Washington experience Jane was the Business and Fee Revenue Manager for Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California. She has worked at other NPS sites during her career including Prince William Forest Park, VA and Point Reyes, CA. She holds a degree from Humboldt State University in California. (202) 513-7132 -- jane_moore@nps.gov

Hugh Morris has been with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for over five years. He received his MA in urban planning from UCLA in 1989 and subsequently spent four years with a transportation planning firm. Hugh then worked with the non-profit research organization American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as a Research Associate. Hugh joined RTC in mid 1996 where he develops research reports on various related topics, conducts trail advocacy workshops and oversees the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse. (202) 331-9696 -- RTCHugh@transact.org

Bill Neumann, ASLA, NPRA, specializes in planning and design of trails, greenways and park facilities. For over 16 years Bill has managed numerous projects from design through construction, including the award-winning Mary Carter and Sand Creek Greenways. His projects span the Front Range of Colorado, as well as across the country. (303) 892-5566 -- bneumann@dhmdesign.com

Terry Norman is the volunteer President of the Canadian Trails Federation, a not-for-profit association representing the provincial and territorial trails associations in Canada. He is also President of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation. Terry has been active in building the Trans Canada Trail, a 10,000 mile shared-use trail from coast to coast. He is also familiar with the development of the National Trail, a hiking trail linking the provinces across Canada. (902) 429-8810 -- tnorman@hfx.eastlink.ca

Jeff Olson, AIA, is a private consultant engaged in the planning, design and development of green infrastructure solutions for a variety of private sector and public sector clients. Jeff is former director of the National Millennium Trails Program under the Clinton Administration. He served as bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the State of New York from 1993-1998. He also has served as team leader for the Grand Canyon Greenway project. He currently teaches bicycle and pedestrian planning at the State University of New York in Albany. (518) 584-6634 -- Trails2k@aol.com

John Osborne is a Principal Planner with Manatee County Government. Among his planning duties, he is the project manager for blueways and member of the greenways planning team. Also an avid outdoorsman, John is one of the founding members of Manatee County Search and Rescue (MSAR), a volunteer wilderness rescue team, and the director of Manatee County's International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Mountain Bike Patrol. (941) 749-3070 -- john.osborne@co.manatee.fl.us

Howard Pardue is the Florida Trail Association's Land Acquisition Coordinator for the Florida National Scenic Trail. After more than 30 years of experience in professional planning and growth management at the neighborhood, local and state level of government, he went to work for the FTA. As a volunteer, he leads FTA outdoor activities and maintains a section of the Florida Trail System, works with youth leadership programs and is a folklife enthusiast. (850) 523-8525 -- hpardue@fs.fed.us

Jean Parlow is currently a Planner for Volusia County Leisure Services. She is responsible for Trails and Park Planning, which includes planning, design, grant writing and coordinating efforts for the implementation of the Volusia County Trails Plan. Her background includes Planner/GIS Analyst and Bike/Ped Coordinator for the Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization (1997-2001) and Transportation Planner for Volusia County (1993-1997). (386) 736-5953 -- JParlow@co.volusia.fl.us

Jimmy Parrish is president of TNT Motorsports Park as well as the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council State Representative for South Carolina. He has been active in promoting responsible off-highway vehicle recreation for many years as a member of the American Motorcycle Association, president of South Carolina Outdoor Enthusiasts, the off-highway vehicle representative on the South Carolina State Trails Advisory Boards as well as a representative on the SC Forestry Commission. (803) 482-4759 -- jimmyparrish768@msn.com

Michael Passo, a member of the American Trails Board, has been working with Wilderness Inquiry since April 1996. He has coordinated the accessibility assessments of trails and facilities managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Mike received a Recreation Resource Management degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993, and has a background in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. (612) 676-9416 -- mikepasso@wildernessinquiry.org

Heather Pence works for the Office of Greenways and Trails and acts as the Designation Program Coordinator. Heather also provides technical assistance to local governments, organizations, and individuals in Northwest Florida. She regularly works on private land issues and has a background in cultural resource management. (850) 245-2052 -- heather.pence@dep.state.fl.us

Jack Placchi began work with BLM as the Statewide Travel Management Coordinator for Colorado in September 2002. Jack worked for Colorado State Parks as the OHV Program Manager from 1997 to 2002. Prior to that Jack worked for the USDA-Forest Service for over 18 years. Jack's career includes work in fire, trails, wilderness, recreation, OHV and travel management. Jack holds an Associate in Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Los Angeles Pierce College, CA. (303) 866-3203 X: 338 -- jack.placchi@state.co.us

Loren Pluth is the Senior Park Development Planner with the Conejo Recreation & Park District in Thousand Oaks, California since 1999. Part of duties his include planning, design and implementation of segments within the District's 100+ mile multi-use trail system. He has successfully completed the California State Parks "Trails Coordinator" training, is a licensed landscape architect and contractor, and also an avid mountain cyclist. Loren can regularly be found building and maintaining local trails both within his District and surrounding areas. (805) 495-6471 -- lpluth@crpd.org

Dan Pryor has a Bachelor degree in Biology and Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and is currently working on a Master degree in Ecosystems Management. He started his work with the Allegheny Ridge Corporation as an Americorps National Volunteer. He has lived in PA for two years where is composing a grassroots network design from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. Dan is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. (814) 696-2900 -- Dpryor@alleghenyridge.org

Amy Pulver is Executive Director of Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, a non-profit organization created to manage the development of and fundraising for Sand Creek Regional Greenway, CO. She has also held positions of Director of Communications for Denver Parks and Recreation, Public Health Administrator for Denver Public Health, and has 15 years experience in the private sector in commercial aviation, strategic planning, marketing and advertising. (303) 393-7700, ext. 224 -- Apulver@sandcreekgreenway.org

Kim Raap has been the State Trails Program Manager for the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources since 1995. Previously, he served ten years as the State Trails Coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. He has administered the RTP grant program in both States and also manages over 7,000 miles of snowmobile and ORV trail systems within his program. Kim as served three terms as Chair of the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators and is a 1977 graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in Park Management. (307) 777-7550 -- kraap@state.wy.us

Bob Ratcliffe is the Deputy Group Manager for the BLM's National Recreation Group. The Recreation Group oversees a broad range of national recreation and visitor services policies, budgets, strategies and programs occurring on over 260 million acres of public lands, including trails, OHV, interpretation, accessibility, outfitting and commercial recreation, fee demo, and tourism. Bob has been active in trails, wild and scenic river, watershed, wilderness and recreation management and planning for over 20 years. (202) 452-5040 -- bob_ratcliffe@blm.gov

Rory Robinson has spent 22 years with the National Park Service and is currently the Indiana Projects Director for the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. He has been involved in trail planning efforts throughout Ohio and Indiana and has worked on river and watershed projects along the Wabash and Blue Rivers. Rory also provided leadership in the revitalization of the National Recreation Trail program. (330) 657-2951 -- rory_robinson@nps.gov

David Rohe is the Trail Construction Coordinator for the Florida Trail Association. Although previously in corporate America, he is now an activist for hiking, camping, bicycling and other outdoor pursuits in his profession as well as in his volunteer activities. In the Camping Department for Jumbo Sports, he honed his management techniques, while gaining considerable knowledge about outdoor equipment. David still gives seminars to the local Boy Scouts of America on backpacking, and coordinates programs for the Apalachee Chapter of FTA. (850) 523-8524 -- drohe@fs.fed.us

Eric Sandeno is the Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. Prior to the Hoosier, he worked on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming as a Natural Resource Manager, Wilderness Manager of the Teton Wilderness, and Wilderness Ranger in the Bridger Wilderness. Eric lives in Bloomington, Indiana and is a scoutmaster and serves as President on the Board of Directors for Shelter, Inc. an organization providing housing opportunities for the homeless. (812) 275-5987 -- esandeno@fs.fed.us

Arleen Scheller is the Resource Manager for the Cumberland Trail Conference, the nonprofit working to create Tennessee's first linear state park, the 283-mile Cumberland Trail. Her responsibilities include garnering volunteers and money to complete the $17 million Trail. She serves on the Governor's Council for Trails and Greenways, and on the Board of the Tennessee Trails Association and Cumberland River Compact. Arleen enjoys hiking, backpacking, sea kayaking, whitewater and canoeing. (931) 456-6259 -- scheller@usit.net

Mark Schmidt works for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as part of their Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew. Since the program started in 1997, the crews have led more than 1,000 trailwork sessions, working in all 50 states and nearly a dozen other countries. Mark and his partner travel throughout the Western U.S. and Canada as trail ambassadors and trailbuilding instructors. Mark advises land mangers on balancing the needs of different user groups through proper trail design and management techniques. (720) 308-2777 -- TCC2@imba.com

Jill Schwartz is the director of marketing for American Farmland Trust. Schwartz works with farming organizations, environmental groups, elected officials, land use planners and others throughout the country to help them build support for farmland protection. Schwartz has worked for AFT since July 1994. AFT is a national, nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1980 to stop the loss of productive farmland and promoted farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. (202) 331-7300, ext. 3011 -- jschwartz@farmland.org

Lew Scruggs joined the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks in 1985, serving as project manager for over 100 state park development projects and park management plans. Lew was the planning coordinator for the Division's Overseas Heritage Trail project. Lew is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Architecture. He is married, has one son, and lives somewhere between Key West and Pensacola, occasionally stopping in Tallahassee to check the mail. (850) 245-3051 -- Lewis.Scruggs@dep.state.fl.us

Robert M. Searns plans and develops trails, greenways, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities. He produces open space, interpretive and youth/volunteer stewardship projects. He was Project Director of the national-award winning Denver Platte River and Mary Carter Greenways. He has a 30-year track record making greenways happen. He co-authored with Chuck Flink, Greenways: A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the Twenty First Century (Island Press). He is board member of American Trails. (303) 904-9415 -- Green49@aol.com

Tom Sexton has been with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy since 1991. As Northeast Regional Director, Tom communicates regularly with hundreds of partners; including volunteers, non-profits, municipal governments, state and federal agencies, and elected officials throughout the region. He provides technical assistance relating to trail development and non-automotive modes of transportation. A leading advocate for Transportation Enhancements and a founding member of Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA), Tom is also a member of the Pennsylvania Greenway Partnership Commission. (717) 238-1717 -- tsexton@transact.org

Don Sharlow is Trail Supervisor at Big Bend National Park. He was trip leader on over 35 Colorado River trail rehab trips in Grand Canyon, performed trail work in the Everglades, and have hiked various areas around the world. He has worked as trail leader off the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and has taught interagency and public trail maintenance classes as well as hosted several drystone masonry classes around the U.S. (915) 477-1124 -- don_sharlow@nps.gov

Paul Slavik is the Off-Highway Vehicle Press Coordinator for American Honda Motor Company. (310) 783-3786 -- Paul_Slavik@ahm.honda.com

Mary Margaret Sloan is President of American Hiking Society, a national recreation-based conservation organization. Mary Margaret also serves on the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club council as the chair of the conservation committee, and is on the board of Big City Mountaineers, Americans for our Heritage and Recreation, and the Niangema Secondary School board in Tanzania. Mary Margaret is an avid hiker and backpacker. (301) 565.6704 Ext. 212 -- MMSloan@AmericanHiking.org

Elizabeth (Liz) Smith-Incer coordinates the Nevada Field Office of Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service. In her work with Rivers & Trails, Liz contributes expertise in facilitation, public outreach and resource assessment to help achieve community-identified goals with local partners. Some of her current projects include coordinating the Virgin River Conservation Strategy Partnership, facilitating the connection of Las Vegas Valley Trails and assisting to establish an Open Space Plan for the City of Henderson, Nevada. (702) 515-5223 -- liz_smith-incer@nps.gov

Brian Smith has been the Pinellas County Planning Director since 1980 and also serves as the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He is the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for Pinellas County. He was involved in the initiation of the Pinellas Trail project and has worked with that program as it has expanded to become a national model for an urban trail. (727) 464-4751 -- bsmith@co.pinellas.fl.us

Morgan Sommerville spent 20 years with ATC as GA, NC, TN regional rep. Intimately involved in all aspects of A.T. management, maintenance and protection. Work with volunteers from five A.T. clubs and the US Forest Service and National Park Service to assure adequate management of the A.T. (828) 254-3708 -- msommerville@atconf.org

Wendy Spencer is the Director of Florida State Parks, which is a division in the Department of Environmental Protection. She has 18 years experience in development work, marketing, public relations, volunteer organization and fund raising. Wendy oversees the administration of 158 state parks consisting of more than 575,000 acres, staffed by approximately 1,100 dedicated employees who protect and preserve Florida's natural and cultural treasures. Wendy's vision includes the creation of an increasingly user-friendly park system. (850) 245-3029 -- wendy.spencer@dep.state.fl.us

Al Staats is the Executive Director of North American Water Trails, Inc. For 25 years Al has run a nonprofit consulting firm, Al Staats & Associates, Inc. His clients have included conservation organizations such as American Rivers, where he managed their development efforts for four years: he also served on their board of directors for twelve years. He was a weekend whitewater river guide for five years. Al graduated from the University at Stony Brook. (202) 496-0236 -- astaats@watertrails.org

Deborah Stewart-Kent is President of the Florida Trail Association, a statewide volunteer organization, of which she has been an active member for 28 years. The Florida Trail Association's mission is to develop, maintain, promote and protect a continuous public hiking trail, the Florida National Scenic Trail, and other loop and side trails and to educate the public by teaching appreciation for and conservation of the natural beauty of Florida. (904) 384-5438 -- bearpaws1@juno.com

Marvin Stokes has been involved with Volkssporting for 28 years having begun his participation in Germany. He presently serves as the President of the Florida Volkssport Association, which has 11 active clubs throughout the state. He also serves as Co-President of The Happy Wanderers Walking Club in Port Orange, Florida. Stokes has developed numerous walking and biking trails in Florida. (386) 788-4026 -- marvst717@cfl.rr.com

Samuel N. Stokes manages the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. He has worked for the Service since 1990. Previously, he was a consultant on land conservation and historic preservation, and worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He co-authored Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation. He has a BA degree in history from Yale and was a Richard King Mellon fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. (202) 354-6933 -- Sam_Stokes@nps.gov

Christopher Stoll holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Environmental Studies and English, and a Master's Degree from the University of Florida in Urban & Regional Planning. He has worked on several trail projects including the Florida Statewide Greenways & Trails Planning Project and the Meso-American Trail Planning Project. He has also worked on the Florida Geographical Data Library, a statewide GIS data library. Chris is currently Co-Principal Investigator for the Cross Florida Greenway Management Plan Project, responsible for technology-based development and inter-agency/inter-departmental coordination. (352)392-6098 ext. 325 -- cstoll@ufl.edu

Alexandra (Alex) Stone is a planner with the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Trained as a landscape architect, she was instrumental in establishing state and national partnerships between the National Park Service and the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has helped a number of communities (and colleagues not trained in design) organize charettes. (206) 220-4108 -- alex_stone@nps.gov

Tim Stone is the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) Manager, stationed in the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Vallejo, CA since December 2001. Tim holds a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington (1976). Tim has been with the National Park Service as a backcountry ranger duty in Yellowstone National Park and the newly established Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve in 1982. Most recently, Tim was the Management Assistant at Death Valley National Park. (707) 562-8881 -- timothygstone@fs.fed.us

Debra Stucki currently works as a Park Specialist on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail coordinating the implementation and development of trail projects with Monroe County, the Florida Department of Transportation and the various community representatives. She previously worked ten years as an environmental consultant in Florida. (305) 451-3005 -- debra.stucki@dep.state.fl.us

Tunis Sweetman Jr. is a farmer from Orange County, New York. He has permanently protected his 102-acre farm, where he raises cattle and grows a variety of crops. He actively promotes farmland protection in his county and at the state level in New York by hosting tours of his farm and speaking out about the issue at public meetings. (845) 986-4808

Evelyn Swimmer has been a project manager for the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails Program since 1982. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association. Evelyn authored, edited and designed numerous publications on the subjects of design and planning processes. Some of these include: Riverwork Book, Schuylkill River Design Guide, Byway Beginnings, and most recently the Community Tool Box. (215) 597-7947 -- evelyn_swimmer@nps.gov

Ann Swinker is an Associate Professor of Equine Science and Extension Horse Specialist, Pennyslvania State University. (814) 865-7810 -- aswinker@psu.edu

Jon Thaxton, a Sarasota County, FL Commissioner, is a fourth generation Sarasota County Resident, who is perhaps best known for his success as an environmental activist. He has twice been chosen as the "Grass Roots Activist of the Year" by the Florida Nature Conservancy, and has received awards from 1000 Friends of Florida's and the Council for Sustainable Florida. In 1995, he was featured in National Geographic Society's magazine for his contribution toward endangered species protection. (941) 861-5344 -- jthaxton@co.sarasota.fl.us

Bill Thomas graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1980. He started working for Orange County in 1985, first in the County's Planning Office, then moving to Parks and Recreation in 1989. He was involved in early efforts to create a County trails program, working on projects such as the West Orange Trail, Cady Way Trail, and Little Econ Greenway. His expertise is in grant writing, land acquisition, public involvement, and master planning. (407) 836-6231 -- bill.thomas@ocfl.net

Mickey Thomason has worked for the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways & Trails for the past eight years and has served as the Manager of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway since 2000. Mickey has worked to enhance the development of facilities, recreational opportunities and partnership efforts on the Cross Florida Greenway during his tenure. (352) 236-7143 -- mickey.thomason@dep.state.fl.us

Bob Trescott is a planner who took his years of experience in a statewide redevelopment program, which he describes as "...a post-graduate education in the myriad 'States of Florida' and in the many disciplines and best practices that make up the field of Planning." He has focused on delivering coordinated plan/design/build services in the disciplines of Branding, Wayfinding, and Signage for Communities, Trails, Districts, and Parks. (850) 222-1538 -- bob@guidancepathways.com

John Waldron has been involved in outdoor recreation in Florida for 29 years. In 1993, he joined the Florida Division of Forestry to head up the outdoor recreation program for the Florida State Forest system. Waldron holds degrees in biology, education and recreation and park management. He has been actively involved in the Florida Greenways initiative since 1993 and is currently a member of the Florida Greenways and Trails Council. (850) 414-9852 -- waldroj@doacs.state.fl.us

Jim Walker is an international advisor on Trails and Greenways. He currently coordinates the marketing of National Trails and the development of greenway policy for the UK Government and has also recently advised governments in Spain, Australia and Chile. He has been the Director of the London Walking Forum since 1998 and has previously worked as a Trail Manager in England, a Marketing Manager in Australia and a Ranger in New Zealand. 00 44 1684 773 946 -- walker.jim@virgin.net

Suzanne P. Walker has worked for the Office of Greenways & Trails since 1997 and was the key staff member responsible for writing the statewide plan. She now serves as the Assistant Director of the office. In her 28 years working for the State of Florida, Ms. Walker has also been involved in environmental permitting and historic preservation. (850) 245-2052 -- suzanne.walker@dep.state.fl.us

Bruce Ward is Co-Executive Director of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA). Seven years ago Bruce and his wife Paula founded the CDTA after working with the U.S. Forest Service on a plan to develop support and funding for this National Scenic Trail. Prior to working on the CDT, Bruce served as the first President of the American Hiking Society, the National Coordinator for National Trails Day, and an Outreach Coordinator for REI. (303) 838-3760 -- CDNSTBRUCE@aol.com

Alexandra Weiss is a Greenways & Trails Consultant with the Florida Office of Greenways & Trails. She is a panelist with the NEA Arts Projects on Millennium Trails and administers the Recreational Trails Program in Florida. Alexandra has been active in the fields of interpretation, parks, recreation, greenways and trails for many years. Locating obscure funding sources for greenways and trails has become almost an obsession. (850) 488-3701 -- alexandra.weiss@dep.state.fl.us

Jack Welch is President of the Blue Ribbon Coalition and has been an advocate for motorized trails for over 30 years. He believes cooperation can solve trail conflict. Jack has been the Chair of the Colorado Lottery Trails Month Committee. (303) 279-8436 -- jrwelch@frii.com

Deena Wells is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Press Secretary. She has also been the DEP Northeast District's Community Affairs Coordinator focusing on media relations, educational outreach programs, and partnerships such as the St. Johns American Heritage Rivers Initiative. Previously, Wells worked for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a non-profit marine conservation organization based in Key Largo, Florida. Wells was born in London and graduated from King's College, University of London with a degree in zoology. (850) 245-2112 -- deena.wells@dep.state.fl.us

Dick Westfall is the Supervisor of the Greenways & Trails Section in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Before 1978, he worked with the Michigan DNR. He has an MS in Park & Recreation Resources, and a PhD in Resource Economics, both from Michigan State University. (217) 782-3715 -- dwestfall@dnrmail.state.il.us

Karen Whitney is a landscape/conservation ecologist and GIS analyst with a background in landscape ecology and natural resource conservation modeling and mapping. She has been involved in a number of planning projects including: Conservation and Management of Florida's Chassahowitzka Black Bear Population; EPA's Southeastern Ecological Framework; and the Florida Statewide Greenways and Trails Planning Project. Karen is now involved in GIS modeling for the Cross Florida Greenway Management Plan. Karen holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a M.S. degree in Landscape Ecology from the University of Florida. (352)392-6098 ext. 325 -- whit_conn_consultants@hotmail.com

Mighk Wilson bicycles as his primary transportation mode (for 30 years). He has been bicycle/pedestrian coordinator for Metroplan Orlando and a graduate of the Sarasota's Ringling School of Art & Design. He served on Orlando's Bicycle Advisory Council, Orange County's Bikeways Advisory Board, and Metroplan's Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee as a citizen and as staff. He is a trainer with Florida's Traffic & Bicycle Safety Education Program and the League of American Bicyclists. (407) 481-5672 -- mwilson@metroplanorlando.com

Kent Wimmer is the Florida National Scenic Trail Liaison for the Florida Trail Association. He has planned and advocated for trails and greenways in Florida for over 12 years through FTA, the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails, and 1000 Friends of Florida. A true trail advocate, for many years he volunteered for FTA as Vice-President of Administration, a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Apalachee Chapter, builder of trails and leader of outdoor activities (850) 523-8576 -- kwimmer@fs.fed.us

Dr. Gene Wood is a Professor and Extension Trails Specialist for the Department of Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife at Clemson University. (864) 656-3117 -- gwood@clemson.edu

Jim Wood is Special Projects Coordinator with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT). He has experience in all facets of Florida's greenways and trails program, and has led development of the Online Florida Greenways and Trails Guide, the OGT Reference and Resource Guide, and promotional videos supporting the program. He holds an MS in Geography from Florida State University and a BS in Communication from the University of Florida. (850) 245-2052 -- jim.m.wood@dep.state.fl.us

Lora Woolner is an Ontario, Canada resident. Lora has just completed her first season with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program and has led trail events in more than 20 states. For the past four years Lora has worked as the Mountain Bike Coordinator for Kelso Conservation Area. She has a strong background in trailbuilding, event coordination, and advocacy. (720) 308-2777 -- tcc2@imba.com


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