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.
Gary serves as the Trails Program Coordinator for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) in Bozeman, Montana.
He works closely with the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County to help expand public non-motorized trails and pathways in the area. Over the past twelve years, GVLT has spearheaded the growth and improvement of Bozeman's "Main Street to the Mountains" trail system that links urban trails to the backcountry, building broad-based support for community trails and an extensive network of partnerships through the public, private and non-profits sectors. Last year the "Main Street to the Mountains" trail system reached 50 miles thanks in large part to the work and vision of GVLT and Gary Vodehnal.
His duties and accomplishments have included: helped write the Gallatin County Trails Plan and the City of Bozeman Parks Open Space and Trails Plan; wrote many successful grants to fund miles of new trails and related trail maintenance and infrastructure improvement projects; helped organize 16 National Trails Day Celebrations; created a community trails tool cache through donations and grants; manages an Adopt-A-Trail maintenance program with 12 partnering groups.