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American Trails' 20th National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 20th American Trails National Symposium. The awards celebration was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nov. 16, 2010.
The National Trails Awards program is one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people across America who are working to create a national system of trails to meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of all Americans.
WINNERS of National Trails Awards for 2010
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Lifetime Service Award
Kurt has been a leader in efforts to improve the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable trail systems. He has supervised trail projects and trail building schools around the country, and written about trail issues in both mountain biking and land management publications.
Best Trails State
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will spend $35 million dollars on trails over the next year. Partnerships with trail support groups are the cornerstone of this successful trails system, along with legislative support, proactive trail providers, and recognition for tourism potential.
Tennessee Valley Authority and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association have worked together so that hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy the outdoors. Over 17 miles of trail encircle TVA's Raccoon Mountain Reservoir near Chattanooga.
The Coal River Group works to protect the Big Coal, Little Coal, and Coal Rivers, preserving and interpreting the history of the rivers, and creating the 88 mile Walhonde Water Trail.
Robert H. Plymale represents District 5 in the West Virginia Senate and is Director of the Rahall Appalachian transportation Institute, is an advocate for trails throughout the region, and a key player in the development of public trails for recreation and alternative means of transportation.
Outstanding Media Award
Park Manager of the Cumberland Trail State Park, Bob Fulcher has for over 10 years hosted the Sunday night radio program "The Cumberland Trail," playing rare music of the region's heritage along with volunteer work projects updates along the Cumberland Trail.
Trails and the Arts Award
Slavic Village Development and Cleveland Public Art and Parkworks wanted an inspiring piece of artwork for the entrance to the the Morgana Run Trail. Local artist Jake Beckman designed the 35-foot tall flower sculpture that now welcomes visitors.
Trails for Health Award
Step Into Cuba Alliance in Cuba, NM, is a coalition of 18 local and national groups working to promote healthy physical activity through development of sidewalks, paths, trails, and social support. The Alliance’s vision is a healthier and more pedestrian friendly community by improving trails and connecting them to surrounding scenic Federal lands.
State-of-the-Art Technology Award
The City of San Jose provides trail mileage markers to assist trail users. Supporting data for each marker is available to emergency services personnel and provides a complete set of location, surface, and accessibility data to help emergency services provide speedy assistance.
Outstanding Trail Sharing Award
Ride With Respect, a Moab, UT area group, aims to protect natural resources while accommodating diverse recreation on public land through motorized and non-motorized use. They reach this goal through trail restoration projects and educational programs that offer certified rider-training classes.
Kids and Trails Award
Student Conservation Association brought kids and trails together on 103 crews in 18 cities across the nation. SCA’s community programs are designed to engage diverse, urban high school students who are potentially at-risk in hands-on conservation service opportunities.
Tennessee Riverpark, now a 13-mile linear park and trail system through Chattanooga, began with an all-inclusive community planning process. After hundreds of public and private meetings iwith thousands of citizens, the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan was established.
The Lyndhurst Foundation fosters trails planning and development in the east Tennessee and north Georgia region. The foundation focuses on the enhancement and enrichment of the natural, educational, cultural, and urban environment of Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
The Woodlands, a 28,000-acre community near Houston, has established a high quality community-wide pathway system. The 93,000 residents as well as visitors have access to 185 miles of trails that link neighborhoods, schools, places of worship, shopping, recreation facilities, and workplaces.
Hulet Hornbeck Award
Carroll Vogel was the most accomplished trail bridge builder of his generation. He didn’t just build bridges; he raised the bar to a new level and gave us a new vision of what is possible. He built with the passion and the artistry of a master backcountry craftsman.
State Trail Advocacy Awards
For an individual who has demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance (one award for every state and DC).
State Trail Worker Awards
For an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance in either the private or public sector (one award for every state and DC).
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