Trail Advocacy

This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.


Montana: Bill Howell

While Bill is nationally recognized as a leader in development and maintenance of snowmobile trails, he has also served as a local and state promoter of cross country ski trails and other non-motorized trails.

Bill serves as an advisor to many agencies and organizations. The office of the Governor of Montana, the State Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the USDA Forest Service rely on him for advice and assistance on trails and tourism related matters. He served on the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Committee and the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission, served as a charter member of the Montana State Trails Advisory Committee, and still serves as a member of the Montana State Snowmobile Advisory Committee.

Bill also serves as Chair of the Montana Snowmobile Association’s Legislative Committee and has been involved in many state laws benefiting snowmobile trails including the return of snowmobile registration decal fees and a portion of the state gas tax to the state snowmobile program. He lobbied in support of the original National Recreational Trails Fund Act and continues to cooperate with the American Recreation Coalition on trail access and funding issues.

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