The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has been a recreational trails advocate and builder for over a decade.
Lt. Gov. Nungesser worked to establish the first two motorized trails facilities in Louisiana that are owned and operated by a local government.
As president of Plaquemines Parish Government, Billy planned, designed, funded (with support from the Recreational Trails Program through the State of Louisiana), and built two motorized parks in the Greater New Orleans area. The off-highway vehicle recreation areas present serve Louisiana motorized trails users as well as visitors.
The Plaquemines Off-road Park offers 15 miles of trails on 300 acres. There is a Motocross track and two mud bogs, and camping is also available.
In 2015 he also worked to establish and support a non-motorized trails facility for hiking and horseback riding in the New Orleans metropolitan area.