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American Trails is pleased to announce that State Trail Advocate Awards were presented to individuals from 13 states, as part of the 18th National Trails Symposium in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, and are made possible by the National Trails Symposium Sponsors.
2006 STATE TRAIL ADVOCATE AWARD WINNERS
For successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection,trail development, or maintenance:
The initiative shown by Jerry serves as a model of what community partners, working with federal, state, and local agencies, can accomplish.
Sue Clark & Linda Anderson-McKee
FLORIDA: Ken Bryan
Ken Bryan has led the Florida Chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy for more than a decade, and has been its elected Chair since 2002. Ken's trails career includes too many successes to name. He has played key roles in such critical projects as the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, the Palatka-Lake Butler Trail, and the soon to be acquired fifty-one mile East Central Regional Rail-Trail, the longest single State trail acquisition ever undertaken in Florida.
Beyond his work on specific projects, Ken has affected significant, long-range positive change in public policy to the benefit of Florida trails.
He is well respected by his professional peers and conservation leaders around the nation. Thanks to Mark's efforts, this organization has helped protect more than 85,000 acres of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, watersheds and trail corridors. This work has involved the creation and use of innovative funding and partnerships. Mark has led in the completion of eight trails in Iowa and the near completion of three additional trails.
ILLINOIS: Chuck Oestreich
Chuck offers suggestions for local and state legislation to promote the safe use of trails for all users. As a well-respected member of the bicycling community, he is often asked to represent their interests while providing a balanced approach with his input.
Nina has shepherded the project along, and the Blue Line Trail has been created. With Nina's involvement, trail projects have gotten onto paper, into a plan, and some have become reality. She is the constant fire beneath the simmering pot.
MAINE: Sally Jacobs
Sally is well respected by a variety of trail users, landowners, and state and local government officials, with whom she has developed key stakeholder relationships. She is a dedicated individual with unique leadership skills.
Darlene has been successful in securing grants, bond funds and donations for trails totaling more than 2.5 million dollars. There is now over 10 miles of hard surface trail within Billings, with several new segments under construction. All of these urban trails have been the result of Darlene's efforts.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gail
Gail also stays in close contact with the Bureau of Trails to ensure that snowmobile trails in New Hampshire receive the attention they deserve. As the statewide voice for snowmobile riders and trails in New Hampshire, Gail and the NHSA play a vital role in what is an essential part of New Hampshire culture.
NEVADA: Erin Casey
UTAH: Ann Parr
Ann provided key volunteer leadership of public and political support for the passage of a $13,000,000 open space bond for Draper City. The resulting purchase of 1,000 plus acres of wild lands allowed for the public access of several major trails. Ann's drive and determination has had a stunning effect on Salt Lake County and statewide trails.
William E. (Bill) Schumann Coalition
Bill's goals for the Blue Ribbon Coalition include to obtain more representation across the U.S. and to provide the Midwest and Eastern parts of the country with help and expertise in all land, trail, and access issues.
WEST VIRGINIA: Martha
Success was finally achieved in February 2006, and the WV Department of Transportation hired the first State Trail Coordinator! Thanks to Martha's vision, perseverance, excellent coordination and advocacy skills, and light-hearted humor, the process was quite celebratory.
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