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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.


California: Ray Ford

Ray is a current Board Member and past President of Los Padres Forest Association.

Ray is committed to promoting conservation education, using the trails as a classroom. He has contributed significantly to planning, developing and enhancing recreation trail experiences for trail users in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Working closely with Forest Service and other agency and non-profit association officials, Ray has organized community involvement in critically needed trail projects. He has organized community support and developed grant funding to support his efforts, which have resulted in 41,000 hours of volunteer service to trails.