This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Darlene Tussing is the Alternate Modes Coordinator for the city of Billings.
Darlene does whatever it takes to make trails happen. This has included promoting and educating the public on a city trails bond issue, raising money from private and corporate donors, presentations to civic groups, reorganizing a BikeNet committee and working with subdivision plans for incorporation of trails.
Darlene has been successful in securing grants, bond funds and donations for trails totaling more than 2.5 million dollars. There is now over 10 miles of hard surface trail within Billings, with several new segments under construction. All of these urban trails have been the result of Darlene's efforts.