State Award

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


Illinois: Diane Banta

Diane is an Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service (NPS).

Diane started her career in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Youth Conservation Corps. Diane then joined the NPS working at Mammoth Cave, Cape Hatteras, Smokey Mountains, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Cuyahoga Valley National Parks. With 32 years of service, Diane now works in Illinois with non-profit organizations and state and local government to preserve open space, greenways planning, and trail projects.

Diane has been recognized many times for her great work. She received an Award of Merit from the Chicago Southland Convention Visitors Bureau for her dedication to building trails that connect our communities, and for her work on the Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference where she is the state representative for Illinois.

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