Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


Arizona: Troy Dymock

Troy Dymock has been a “trailblazer” for over 16 years beginning with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1997 and moving to the Forest Service (FS) Recreation Solutions Enterprise Team as a Trails Specialist in 1999.

Since that time, Troy has been instrumental in the planning, design and layout, maintenance, and management of trails throughout the country including work on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (NF) Ashland Watershed trail system, the Daniel Boone NF Redbird Crest Trail, the Lassen NF Potato Butte OHV trail system, the Coconino NF Airport Loop trails, the Arizona Trail, and the Hatfield-McCoy National Recreation Trails.

For the past 9 years, he has worked with an interagency BLM/FS agreement and the Black Canyon Trail Coalition toward the development and maintenance of the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail in Arizona. Troy has surveyed and conducted maintenance along the entire current 80 mile length of the trail and has been directly responsible for the sustainable design, layout, and construction of over 40 miles! He coordinates work with several different crews including but not limited to the American Conservation Experience, an international trail crew, Southwest Conservation Corps, The International Mountain Bike Association, and hundreds, if not thousands of hours with the Black Canyon Trail Coalition volunteers.

Trail work on the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail

Trail work on the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail

Over the past two years, Troy has accepted leading the American’s Great Outdoors experience within the Phoenix District Office of the BLM and work along the Black Canyon Trail. America’s Great Outdoors is a grassroots-level effort to get Americans, especially youth, re-connected with the outdoors and the multitude of recreation opportunities on public, state, county, and private lands. Equipping youth with job skills such as trail building and reading the landscape to facilitate sustainable design is just one fragment of the learning and experience for the crew. Working with youth unfamiliar with the outdoors can be a daunting task. However Troy’s patient nature and ability to see the end product, gives him empathy for the different crew member’s life experiences and an understanding of how to help each succeed. Troy accepts his adjunct role graciously - the role of a mentor and a counselor - while promoting his crew to achieve their best effort for the trail’s benefit.

Troy is a devoted trails advocate, a true leader, and a valued member of the Recreation Solutions team; working to deliver, quality, professional, and environmentally-responsible recreation services. He motivates trail crews, supervising with a smile, quick to offer encouragement and instruction. He works with trail partners for strategic, collaborative trail planning to support the delivery of a seamless recreation experience across land management boundaries. Troy understands the recreation experience both motorized and non-motorized users desire and works to accommodate both through innovative and sustainable design. He loves trail work and it shows in his final products. The Black Canyon Trail is a world-class, multi-user trail system, which has been the recipient of several awards including the 2008 National Recreation Trail designation. This great honor is due in no small part to the dedicated work of Troy Dymock.

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