This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Gene serves as the Mayor and Trails Coordinator for the City of Three Forks, Montana.
Gene works closely with various community organizations, businesses and government entities to help expand public non-motorized trails and pathways in the area. Over the past twelve years, Gene has spearheaded the growth and improvement of the Three Forks and Headwaters Trail Systems that link urban trails to outlying areas, including Missouri River Headwaters State Park, Jefferson River, and neighboring communities.
By building broad-based support for community trails and an extensive network of partnerships through the public, private and non-profit sectors, the community of Three Forks has been able to secure over $215,000 through the Recreational Trails Program just in the last 11 years. Gene continues to consider all user groups and ensures that users of all ages and abilities, regardless of disability, will be served by the extensive trail system. Last year, the trail system reached approximately 20 miles thanks in large part to the work and vision of Gene Townsend.
His duties and accomplishments include:
Gene’s vision and perseverance ignites the City of Three Forks and Gallatin County to expand an already great trail system. He certainly deserves national recognition for his outstanding efforts to help build healthier communities by building public trails for all.