The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.
Governor John Hickenlooper has elevated trails to a new level in Colorado.
In his 2015 State of the State address, Governor Hickenlooper outlined the Colorado the Beautiful initiative to link outdoor spaces and connect more people to those places. The vision is: That within one generation, every Coloradan will live within a 10-minute walk of a park, trail, or open space area.
Hickenlooper announced Colorado would build the most comprehensive outdoor recreation map ever created in the state to include all trails, open spaces, parks, and protected lands, with publication planned in 2016. He also stated that agencies would identify the 16 most important trail gaps, missing trail segments, and unbuilt trails across the state and elevate them to priority projects.
“Colorado the Beautiful, we believe, is not only about connecting our parks, trails and scenic lands, but about connecting people to the outdoor delights that set Colorado apart as a special place,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s important to bring our newest generations outside, away from electronic distractions and into the splendor of our waterways, forests, wildlife, grasslands, mountains, and canyons.”