State Award

The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.

 

Wisconsin: Gary Werner

A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Gary worked for 12 years for the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation organizing volunteers, coordinating trail planning and construction projects with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, and negotiating right of way purchases with landowners.

Gary Werner has served since 1991 as Chair, and now as Executive Director, of the Partnership for the National Trails System, a non-profit organization federation of 35 trail organizations supporting the 30 national scenic and historic trails. The Partnership works with Congress and the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Federal Highway Administration to secure adequate funding, administrative support, and authorities for the National Trails System. Gary represents the Partnership in working with Federal agency staff and other non-profit organizations to develop national trails policy initiatives. A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Gary worked for 12 years for the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation organizing volunteers, coordinating trail planning and construction projects with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, and negotiating right of way purchases with landowners. Over the past 28 years Gary has organized and led volunteers in a variety of trail construction and maintenance and natural resource preservation projects for the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, American Hiking Society, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance.