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In remembrance of the people who have made a contribution to our country's legacy of trails, greenways, and open spaces. See the alphabetical list below of people honored in this area of the American Trails website; or scroll down to see photos and links to articles. The most recent entries are at the top; older ones further down the page.

 

 

 

In remembrance of the advocates for trails and a better America

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Gudy Gaskill

Gudy is credited with being the Mother of The Colorado Trail, now 567 miles between Denver and Durango. The idea for the Trail gained its footing in 1974 when Gudy, then chair of the Colorado Mountain Club's Huts and Trails Committee, was asked to lead the organizing effort.

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Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson and her husband Lloyd founded the mountaineering importer in 1938 that became REI and helped it grow into the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.

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Tom Neenan

Tom was instrumental in founding the non-profit Iowa Trails Council in 1984. He made the first application for acquisition of an abandoned rail bed in Iowa and continued to negotiate, acquire, and establish trails for many years.

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Deb Hubsmith

Deb Hubsmith founded and guided theSafe Routes to School National Partnership for nearly 10 years. She started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California’s Safe Routes pilot program.

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David Burwell

David Burwell was a cofounder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and one of the most influential champions for trails and greenways. He later established the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse and founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

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Susan "Butch" Henley

Always known by her trail name after through-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1978, Butch served both on the board and staff of the American Hiking Society. For many years she was a familiar participant in initiatives and committees supporting policies and funding for trails.

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Rep. James L. Oberstar

Jim Oberstar was a key figure in Federal transportation funding for many years, and he was much loved by supporters of trails and bicycle-pedestrian programs. An avid cyclist, Oberstar championed the creation of trails to promote recreation and active lifestyles.

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Joe Shoemaker

Joe Shoemaker is well known to Colorado parks and trails supporters. Before it was in vogue, Joe was one of the prime movers and initiators of what has now become a worldwide movement of planning and developing urban trails and greenway systems.

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Hulet Hornbeck

Hulet was a long-time American Trails board member. He created his legacy through trails during 20 years of land acquisition for the East Bay Regional Park District. His intellect, kindness, public sense of stewardship and humor was an inspiration to us all!

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Mark E. Hufeisen

Mark’s expertise on a wide range of subjects from construction to trail development to horse training will leave a very tangible legacy. He took a fledging rail-to-trails project, New River Trail State Park, and made it one of Virginia’s most visited and most supported state parks.

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Fran Wallas

Since 2005 The Tennessee Conservationist magazine featured Fran Wallas’ “Great Hikes in Tennessee State Parks” in each bi-monthly issue. An avid hiker, she achieved Great Smoky Mountains 900 Miler Club status.

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Jon McBride

Jon McBride founded the National Smokejumper Association’s Trails Program. Under McBride’s leadership during the past 10 years, former and current smokejumpers rehabilitated well over a thousand miles of trails for the Forest Service and the National Park Service.

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Art Cowley

Art worked out the plan in the early 1970’s for the Ouachita Trail. He helped with the first phases of construction while working with the Ouachita National Forest. In 1979 he moved to California as Public Information Officer and later the Big Tree Coordinator for that state.

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Merle Grimes

Merle planned and helped develop greenways and trails in Atlanta, GA and on the Island of Kauai as well as many projects in Colorado communities. He played a key role in Denver's South Platte River Greenway.

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Austin E. Helmers

After 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Austin's second career was his passion for hiking and making sure Alaskan trails rights of way were not lost. The first Mat-Su public trails plan to serve many users was put together due to his field research.

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Dale Shewalter

Dale was known as the "Father of the Arizona Trail" and guiding spirit for the Arizona Trail Association. Dale had a vision of a continuous path across Arizona, and in 1985 he undertook a journey on foot across the state.

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George Cardinet

George was an avid equestrian and advocate for the preservation of public open space and trails. His work in the 1940's in Contra Costa County, CA became the model for the California State Ridiing and Hiking Trails Plan and later led to California State trails acts in 1945 and again in 1974.

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Jessica Terrell

Jessica had been the state trail coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in New Mexico, and held the same position in Missouri. She was proud of being selected to participate in the American Frontiers Expedition team.

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Lu Schrader

Lu Schrader founded the the West Virginia Trails Coalition and was a key player in the first WV Statewide Trail Plan. Lu was also the driving force behind the creation of the Trace Fork Canyon Trail near Charleston.

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Brian O'Neill

Mr. O'Neill, who was put in charge of the 75,500-acre recreation area in 1986, was one of the longest tenured superintendents in the National Park Service and perhaps the most influential.

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John Roth

A Missouri trail advocate, John Roth was a volunteer with the US Forest Service for several years. He is best known for his tremendous work on the the planning and development of the Ozark Trail.

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Bill Bliss

In 2006 Bill received the Lifetime Service Award from American Trails. He conducted a never-ending crusade for safer trails, bicycling, and bicycling facilities until he was tragically killed when hit from behind by a motor vehicle June 24, 2005 while riding his bicycle across the country.

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Tammy Jamieson

Tammy worked for the Town of Silverthorne, CO for 14 years, a treasured and respected member of the Town’s management team and in the trails community in Colorado. Tammy left a lasting legacy in the parks, trails and open space features that she created during her tenure. 

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Bill Spitzer

As the National Park Service's Recreation Resources division chief and later Assistant Director for Recreation and Conservation, Bill played multiple roles in building the trails movement nationally. He was a river enthusiast and enjoyed canoeing on the Potomac and C&O canal near his home.

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Dale Lloyd

Dale Harvey Lloyd was the husband of Kay Lloyd, who served as American Trails Chair for several years. Dale, like Kay, was an avid snowmobiler and advocate for trails of all kinds.

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