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National Trails Awards for 2006

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2006 OUTSTANDING TRAIL SHARING AWARD WINNERS

The award recognizes innovative and successful trail sharing efforts, programs, and systems:

Photo: Ann Hill
Ann Hill

  • Ann Hill, BLM Training Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Missouri & Illinois

Two candidates for the Outstanding Trail Sharing Award are so well-deserving of recognition that the American Trails Board has decided to honor both of them. These candidates are passionate about using educational opportunities to bring people to a fuller appreciation of trails.

Ann Hill, BLM Training Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Ann is the Recreation Training Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management. Ann is the principal developer and all around "go to" person in the delivery of a nationally recognized trails training course titled "Trails Management: Plans, Projects and People." Ann has given a tremendous amount of her time, energy and passion to provide this needed training in a variety of locations throughout the U.S.

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Students at the "Trails Management: Plans, Projects and People" course

This course has provided critical skills and knowledge to over 200 federal, state, organizational and volunteer staff throughout the country over the past two years. Ann has set up the environment that teaches them "how to fish" in terms of going back and teaching others the principles of plans, projects, and people. This is no easy task, especially given the diverse background of the participants. But the rewards are definitely worth her effort. What a legacy to pass on to others as we see increasing competition for scarce dollars, talent, and space in the landscape.

Ann is to be commended for all of her hard work, diligence, and passion in providing such valuable experiences where instructors and students bond in "sharing" their trails knowledge, skills and experiences.

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The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Missouri & Illinois

The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, part of the historic Route 66 Scenic Byway System, was restored in 1999 by Trailnet and the City of Madison, Illinois, as a bicycle/pedestrian bridge. The bridge is a key link connecting trails in Missouri and Illinois and is a shared venue for many outdoor recreational activities, including: the Lewis and Clark Bicycle Ride, the Bridge Birthday Bash, Tuesday Night Trail Rides, Route 66 Motor Tours, the Companion Mississippi Mile, and kite flying.

Eagle Days is a bi-state youth and community educational program held annually on the historic Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. Each winter, the Mississippi River is host to one of the continent's largest concentrations of America's national symbol, the bald eagle. The bridge deck is handicap accessible, making a safe, readily available trail and eagle-viewing platform for all ages.

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WIldlife viewing from the bridge

Eagle Days is a unique program that encourages visitors to get out on the trail during a time when they are likely to experience cabin fever. Viewing scopes staffed by trained volunteers are set up in the middle of the bridge.

This and the numerous other activities held there makes the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge a destination shared by many.

 

 

 

 

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