State Award

The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.

 

Maryland: Bonnie Bell

Bonnie’s leadership in park stewardship has impacted and inspired hundreds of people over the years in the value and fun of conservation service and is a significant reason why the Great Seneca Creek Watershed is in the excellent condition it’s in today.

Since 1999, Bonnie has volunteered at the Great Seneca Creek Watershed. She was instrumental in the construction of the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail. Bonnie has lead 36 Volunteer Trail Workday Projects on the County Parks 8-mile portion of the trail resulting in over 1,200 hours of volunteer service since 2009. Bonnie’s leadership in park stewardship has impacted and inspired hundreds of people over the years in the value and fun of conservation service and is a significant reason why the Great Seneca Creek Watershed is in the excellent condition it’s in today. A Bluebird Monitor in the Great Seneca Creek Watershed, Bonnie checks her assigned nest boxes and logs data as her charges lay eggs and care for nestlings throughout the breeding season. The Bluebird population has expanded greatly under her watchful eye. Bonnie is just a great all-around person. She is the first person to volunteer to help out with anything, be it a volunteer recognition or spreading the word to others about upcoming events. She is always there with a delicious baked treat, a bit of knowledge to share, and her overall winning spirit makes her a joy to be around.

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