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National Trails Awards for 2006

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2006 OUTSTANDING MEDIA AWARD WINNER

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

Des Moines Register, Iowa

photo: bicycle on trail under railroad bridge
Photo by the Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa

The Des Moines Register newspaper has consistently and for many years been a public source of reliable information and strong advocate for trail development on a local, state and federal level. Their coverage has addressed trail issues from numerous perspectives such as personal stories, land condemnation issues, funding (state & federal), maintenance costs, location, public participation, volunteers, design, editorials, and public reactions.

Lately they have been carrying articles on river-related water trails and the Whiterock Conservancy trail system, which is part of the Iowa Great Places Initiative and is related to the national American Discovery Trail.

The Register extensively covers trail issues on the local and metropolitan area in addition to statewide trail news. They are well known for their strong, well written and numerous editorials advocating for trails everywhere. In addition, they sponsor RAGBRAI, Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the longest, largest, and oldest bicycle-touring event in the world. RAGBRAI started in 1973 and each year 10,000 riders and 5,000 support people come from all over the world to enjoy the ride. Coverage by the Des Moines Register and other local media provides great publicity for trails.

 

Lifetime Service | Hulet Hornbeck Award | Trails for Health | Partnership | Trails Public Service | Outstanding Media | Trails and the Arts | Planning/Design | Corporate | State-of-the-Art Technology | Trail Sharing | Trail Advocate Awards | Trail Worker Awards | Awards Index

See previous National Trails Award Winners from 2004, 2002, and 2000.

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