A business or corporation must have demonstrated significant, sustained, and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation, and/or recreation.
Accessible canoe dock along the South Chickamauga Creek section of the Tennessee River Blueway
The Lyndhurst Foundation has demonstrated tremendous support and exemplary service for trails planning and development in the east Tennessee and north Georgia region.
The foundation focuses on the enhancement and enrichment of the natural, educational, cultural, and urban environment of Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The foundation’s service has benefited thousands of people in the region by creating various outdoor recreational opportunities for them to enjoy. Organizations they have partnered with for better trails include the Trust for Public Land’s Chattanooga Office, The Lulu Lake Land Trust, the Southeast Watershed Forum, and the Cumberland Trail Conference.
Lyndhurst Foundation Trail-Related Grants (2008-2010)
- American Trails – Support for the 2010 annual conference in Chattanooga
- Chattanooga Nature Center – support for planning and construction costs in conjunction with the development of the “Paddler’s Perch” as a node along the Tennessee River Blueway System
- City of Chattanooga – Department of Parks and Recreation – support for the construction of a canoe dock along the South Chickamauga Creek section of the Tennessee River Blueway
- Conservation Fund – for support of the acquisition of the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork tract, which includes several miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail Corridor
- Cumberland Trail Conference – multi-year grants to sustain operations and facilitate the planning and construction of the Cumberland Trail
- Friends of the Cumberland Trail - for support of a concert series and related activities to raise public awareness and financial support for the Cumberland Trail
- Friends of Great Smokys National Park – for support of trail maintenance and construction within the park as provided by the Student Conservation Association
- Land Trust for Tennessee – support for the South Cumberland and Greater Chattanooga project offices, whose work has included the protection of key properties along the Cumberland Trail and Fiery Gizzard Trail
- Lula Lake Land Trust – for support of planning and construction costs in conjunction with the development of the Cloudland Connector Trail Project
- Mountain Goat Trail Alliance – for consulting, planning and construction costs in conjunction with the development of the Mountain Goat rail/trail
- Outdoor Chattanooga – for support of a variety of projects aimed at expanding Chattanooga’s network of cycling, walking, and paddling trails and amenities and to promote an active lifestyle
- Southeast Watershed Forum – for support of the Southeaster Water Trails Symposium
- Southern Off Road Bicycle Association – for support of trail construction in the greater Chattanooga focus area
- Trust for Public Land (Chattanooga Office) – support for transaction costs for the purchase the Molpus Tract as an addition to the Cumberland Trail and Cumberland Gap State Park
- Trust for Public Land (Chattanooga Office) – support for general operations and capital support to advance the expansion of Chattanooga’s Urban Greenway System
Benic (Bruz) Clark, Vice president of the Lyndhurst Foundation
More winners of this award
2013: Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
2008: John and Annette Schnatter, Evergreen Real Estate LLC
2006: Principal Riverwalk, Des Moines, Iowa
2004: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.