The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

American Trails' 21st Advancing Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.


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Winners of Advancing Trails Awards for 2013

2013 Hulet Hornbeck Award

Pat O’Brien

Mr. Pat O’Brien has been a steward of sound leadership in the parks and recreation industry for over forty years.

2013 Hulet Hornbeck Award

Steve Elkinton

In 1989, Steve Elkinton was selected as the program leader for the National Trails System in the National Park Service’s Washington headquarters office.

2013 International Partnership Award

South Korea - Jeju Olle Foundation

The Jeju Olle Foundation has demonstrated outstanding efforts to bring dialogue about long distance trails to an international level.

2013 Partnership Award - Level 1

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, Chipotle Mexican Grill joined in partnership to organize two REI Ridge Trail Service Days to build, improve, and maintain the trail with more than 1600 volunteers of all ages.

2013 Community Service Award

Pinetop-Lakeside TRACKS (AZ White Mountain Trail System)

In 1987 a White Mountain, Arizona, horsemen’s association of 25 members organized a volunteer group, TRACKS, to build and maintain trails for horseback riding.

2013 Public Service Award

Roger Sabine

Roger Sabine’s impact on the burgeoning West Michigan Trails movement began in the 1980’s with the development of an idea that would lead to Kent Trails.

2013 Outstanding Media Award

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan is home to one of the largest interconnected trail systems in the country.

2013 Trails and the Arts Award

High Trestle Trail Steering Committee and Partners

The High Trestle Trail Steering Committee, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), RDG Dahlquist Art Studios and Shuck-Britson/Snyder and Assc. raised nearly $15 million to complete a 25 mile-long rail to trail project.

2013 Trails for Health Award

Chinese Mountaineering Association

The Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) is a national public sports consortium comprised of volunteer groups interested in mountaineering and relevant sports individuals.

2013 State of the Art Technology Award

Gerry Wilbour and the Northwest Trails Crew

Gerry Wilbour has served as President of the Professional Trailbuilders Association for several years and has come to be admired as a forthright and effective leader in the trail contractors' industry, as well as a technical innovator always on the cutting edge of design and construction solutions.

2013 Trail Sharing Award

Colorado Responsible Recreation Foundation’s “Stay The Trail” Campaign

Since 2002, the Stay The Trail OHV Education program has been focused on the encouragement of responsible recreation on public lands within the State of Colorado.

2013 Kids and Trails Award

Home Place Adventures

Jeff Falyn and Lyndsay Dawkins have been reaching out to inspire hundreds of local youths and teens through an new program called “Home Place Adventures.”

2013 Planning and Design Award - Level One

Salida to Leadville, Colorado Trail Corridor Feasibility Study

The nominee is the “Feasibility Study Salida to Leadville Trail Corridor,” a grant-funded study assessing a 64-mile hiking/cycling/driving trail following historic stage and railroad routes along the Continental Divide in Colorado.

2013 Corporate Award

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has demonstrated significant, sustained and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation and/or recreation through its Yamaha OHV Access Initiative.

2013 National and International Trails Awards (2015 and earlier)

Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona

Desert Mountain is a golf and active outdoor lifestyle community in North Scottsdale, adjacent to the 3-million acre Tonto National Forest.

2013 Developer Award

The Parkway at Blue Ravine, Folsom, California

The Parkway is a master-planned community located in Folsom, CA.

2013 Best Trails State Award


Missouri, best known as the “Show-Me State” and “Gateway to the West,” is home to an extensive trail system that allows users to explore the varied natural landscapes of the state.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Alabama: Danny J. Hubbard

Danny J. Hubbard offers his time to help save land.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Arizona: Dave Hicks

The 819 mile Arizona Trail evolved from one man’s dream in the 1980’s to a congressionally designated national scenic trail.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Arkansas: Mayor Patrick Henry Hays

Mayor Hays has been in office since 1988 working towards improving North Little Rock’s built environment.

2013 Trail Advocacy

California: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

Supervisor Antonovich has great responsibility for all areas of government including multi-use (equestrian, hiking and mountain biking) trails programs and multi-use trails issues.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Colorado: Dave Wiens

Gunnison Trails Non-Profit Organization has been the backbone to community partnerships in the Gunnison Field Office. Most of this is due to the director of Gunnison Trails, Dave Wiens.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Delaware: Karl Lehman

As a Trail Spinner leader, Karl was integral in driving the Trail Spinners towards improved communication with trail users and providing better experiences for new riders.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Florida: Mickey Thomason

Mickey Thomason has been a leading trails advocate in Florida for more than 20 years.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Georgia: Terry Palmeri

Terry's hard work is pure volunteer effort. Not only does she gets the job done but she encourages others to be involved as well!

2013 Trail Advocacy

Idaho: David Gordon

David Gordon has the responsibility as the Ridge to Rivers Coordinator to oversee 140 miles of trails (with an additional 7 planned for spring 2013).

2013 Trail Advocacy

Kansas: Cecilia Harry

Cecilia has been the key person revitalizing interest in urban, suburban and unpaved trails throughout Leavenworth County, Kansas. Although there have been earlier initiatives. They have failed to sustain community involvement and support.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Louisiana: Jimmy L. Anthony

Jimmy Anthony currently serves as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Wildlife for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

2013 Trail Advocacy

Michigan: Jim Radabaugh

For more than twenty years, Jim Radabaugh and the programs he manages have been the common driving force behind the success of the Michigan trail movement.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Minnesota: Mary Straka

Mary Straka has successfully influenced public policy relating to trail planning, protection, development and maintenance.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Missouri: Dan and Connie Burkhardt

Dan and Connie Burkhardt are being nominated for their efforts to protect the scenic and rural landscape that parallels Katy Trail State Park, a 240-mile rail-trail conversion that spans nearly the entire width of Missouri.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Montana: John Brewer

John Brewer is the executive director of the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Nevada: Bill von Phul

Bill von Phul has worked tirelessly in an effort to promote and sustain quality parks, trails, and open space in Nevada.

2013 Trail Advocacy

New York: Parks & Trails New York

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) is New York’s leading statewide advocate for parks and trails.

2013 Trail Advocacy

North Carolina: Morgan Sommerville

In January 2013, Morgan Sommerville will be completing his 30th year of service to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

2013 Trail Advocacy

Ohio: Robert A. Fonte

Robert A. “Bob” Fonte, Director of the Stark County Park District since 1995, has used the development of a county-wide system of trails to spur expansion of the park district in ways that were unthinkable at its founding in 1967.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Oregon: Chuck Frayer

Chuck Frayer is a nationally recognized expert for outdoor recreation design.

2013 Trail Advocacy

South Carolina: Staci WIlliams

Staci Williams joined American Rivers in 2009 as the Waccamaw River Blue Trail Organizer.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Tennessee: Daniel Reese

Dan grew up in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee hiking and camping in wonderful forested areas.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Texas: Friends of Northaven Trail

The Friends of the Northaven Trail, Inc. (“FoNHT”) was formed as a community-sponsored Friends Group in a collaborative partnership with Dallas neighborhoods, the City of Dallas (the “City”), and Dallas County for the purpose to develop and maintain a multi-use hike and bike trail.

2013 Trail Advocacy

Virginia: Larry Miller

Larry W. Miller is the Director of Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department (FCPRD).

2013 Trail Advocacy

Wyoming: Jeff Wiggins

Jeff Wiggins is a Trails Planner/Coordinator for the City of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Alabama: Erin Wiggins

Erin Wiggins has been employed with the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority (PARA) since 1999, and currently serves as the Community Planning and Development Manager.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Alaska: Barth Hamberg

Barth Hamberg has served as a Landscape Architect on the Tongass National Forest in the Alaska Region of the National Forest System for his entire career, starting as a volunteer while still a graduate student at Harvard University in 1982.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Arizona: Troy Dymock

Troy Dymock has been a “trailblazer” for over 16 years beginning with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1997 and moving to the Forest Service (FS) Recreation Solutions Enterprise Team as a Trails Specialist in 1999.

2013 Trail Worker Award

California: Bill Carter

Bill Carter has been on many Backcountry Horsemen’s (BCHC) work parties clearing trails but never on one that was defined as an Epic Event.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Connecticut: Russ Waldie

Russ Waldie is a dedicated and reliable volunteer section maintainer on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, and has been for more than a decade.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Delaware: Meinrad Leckie

In 2011-2012, Meinrad Leckie volunteered over 300 hours on a variety of trail projects across northern New Castle County Delaware.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Florida: Charles and Anne Thrash

Lifelong residents of Chattahoochee, actually as family for 200 years, Charles and Anne Thrash have become the City’s trails champions.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Hawaii: Fred Bannan

Fred is relatively new to the trail world compared to past recipients of the “Trail Worker Award,” but he is well-deserving of this nomination.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Illinois: Eileen Weyhrich

Eileen Weyhrich is a member of Jubilee Riders, a group of equestrians that are dedicated to maintaining the 50 miles of multi-use trails at Jubilee State Park.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Indiana: Milan Kruszynski

Milan Kruszynski works tirelessly in support of the trails in Hammond, Indiana.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Kansas: Bunnie Watkins

Bunnie Watkins has been part of the US Army Corps team at Perry Lake for nearly two decades.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Kentucky: Mike Bossert

Mike Bossert has been a member of Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen (FHBCH) since its inception approximately four years ago.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Louisiana: Freddie Paul

North Louisiana is fortunate to have a small group of volunteers who are involved in the planning, building and maintenance of trails in their surrounding area.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Maine: Sally Jacobs

After a 35 year career as a biochemistry professor at the University of Maine, Sally Jacobs volunteered in a variety of conservation and trail related activities.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Massachusetts: Scott Monroe

Scott Monroe is retiring this year from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Alpine Stewardship Volunteer Program. While it is understandable on Scott’s part, it will nevertheless be a major loss to the ASV Program.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Michigan: Ed Morse

Ed Morse began his North Country National Scenic Trail experience with the Spirit of the Woods Chapter in northern Michigan participating in hikes and trail work under the leadership of Joan Young.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Minnesota: Jeff Klein

Jeff Klein has been an active member of a motorized recreation club since he was a child, working on trails with his father.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Missouri: Russell and Tammie Martin

Russell Martin has provided consistent and versatile service to the Ozark Trail Association (OTA) and to the state of Missouri on behalf of multi-use trails.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Montana: Hillary Hanson

Hillary Hanson is the Director of Population Health Services and the Deputy Health Officer for RiverStone Health, the local health department in Yellowstone County, Montana.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Nebraska: Dale Rabideau

Dale Rabideau has been a member of Trails Have Our Respect (THOR), the local IMBA chapter, for about 9 years.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Nevada: Suzanne Shelp

Suzanne has a readily apparent passion for trails and the joy and benefit they bring to people.

2013 Trail Worker Award

New Jersey: David and Monica Day

David and Monica Day are 30 year veterans of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and are the Trail Crew Chairs of the West Jersey Crew. Thanks to their dedication they have forever changed the condition of NJ’s trails for the best.

2013 Trail Worker Award

New Mexico: Tom Mayer

At the age of five Tom Mayer began riding dirt trails in his 20 acre backyard in Southwest Colorado.

2013 Trail Worker Award

New York: Jane Daniels

Jane Daniels, in addition to being a member and volunteer of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference since 1979, has been involved with trails from the local to regional and state level over the past three decades.

2013 Trail Worker Award

North Carolina: RG Absher

RG Absher has been a strong leader by encouraging and fostering partnerships throughout a large region of North Carolina.

2013 Trail Worker Award

North Dakota: Jamie Wetsch

Jamie Wetsch has significantly improved trail recreation opportunities in North Dakota.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Ohio: Greg Jackson

Cleveland Metroparks is an independent government entity providing over 22,000 acres of open space around greater Cleveland, mostly in Cuyahoga County.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Pennyslvania: Stephen P. Pohowsky

Steve Pohowsky has a variety of interests and came to trails through a circuitous route.

2013 Trail Worker Award

South Carolina: Christine Ellis

Christine Ellis works to mobilize citizens to protect the river and its traditional beneficial uses.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Tennessee: Jim Johnson

A corporate merger brought Jim Johnson to Chattanooga in 1997, but love— for the region and a community that changed his life— has kept him there.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Utah: Adam Stoldal

Adam has diligence, work ethic, and the ability to teach others trail construction and maintenance using his skills and experience.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Washington: Robert Pacific

Bob Pacific began his career with the US Forest Service, on the Bly Ranger District of the Fremont National Forest.

2013 Trail Worker Award

West Virginia: Charles L. Dundas

Charles L. Dundas ("Charlie") began building trails, as a volunteer, in 1958.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Wisconsin: Dick Kroener

Dick Kroener is one of those people who thrives on volunteerism in a multitude of ways.

2013 Trail Worker Award

Wyoming: Bruce Burrows

Bruce Burrows has been a long-time volunteer with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails (WY SPHS&T).