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.
Bunnie Watkins has been part of the US Army Corps team at Perry Lake for nearly two decades.
She is the key point of contact for volunteers at the lake involved in recreational trails and camp hosting. She oversees the volunteer efforts on separate day hiking, hiking and equestrian facilities. I am most familiar with her efforts on the 29-mile Perry Lake Hiking Trail where I have been a volunteer trail watcher and coordinator over the years.
Perry Lake Hiking Trail is a designated National Recreational Trail. It has become a model for the state as it is:
These efforts include:
Bunnie hikes the trail in her own spare time and reports conditions to the larger volunteer crew, as well as the Corps staff. She is also an active cyclist and kayaker. Bunnie is in routine contact with lake visitors and enthusiastically promotes Perry Lake’s recreational trail facilities. With Bunnie’s continued leadership, visitors to these trails will continue to enjoy the wooded rolling hills scenery and the exciting outdoor experience of northeast Kansas.