This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Mike is a champion of sustainable trail design and multi-use trails.
To this end, Mike planned a workshop with exercises designed to focus on what we share in common and can all agree on as trail users, while accepting the obvious issues which often result in user conflicts on the trails. Hikers joined mountain bikers and equestrians along with representatives from the major land managers with trails systems in the state. The tone was enthusiastic, cooperative, and non-judgmental.
The end result of the 2008 workshop was the formation of the Kentucky Trails Coalition. Member organizations in this coalition are Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, Kentucky Horse Council, and Kentucky Trails Association. The Coalition foresees working with land managers as they plan improvements or new trails to see that they are designed in such as a way as to maximize the experience of all designated user groups while minimizing user conflicts.