Trail Worker Award

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.


Louisiana: Richard Kittok

Richard Kittok putting up trail signs

Richard "Spike" Kittok is president of the South Louisiana Trailblazers. The Trailblazers is a riding club which volunteers their time to maintain the riding trails in the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

This 5.7-mile-long artificial channel is used to divert floodwater from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain. Mr. Kittok has been president for the past 4 years and along with club members has volunteered hundreds of hours in the spillway clearing of trails, grading the trails, and putting up signs so that the riding areas are safe for all riders.

The project started several years ago when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a cost-sharing agreement with the club to develop and maintain all terrain vehicle (ATV) areas in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The South Louisiana Trailblazers, a family-oriented, off-highway vehicle (OHV) club, applied for a state grant through the Governors Office of Rural Development to build trails and various types of tracks and bridges, and install track markers. The club's responsibility is to design tracks and develop trails specifically aimed at certain size engines and age of riders. For example, small children on go-carts will have their own track while older riders looking for speed will use a designated acceleration track.