The awards celebration was held in Portland at the Oregon Convention, April 16, 2015.

American Trails' 22nd Advancing Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 22nd American Trails International Trails Symposium. The awards celebration was held in Portland at the Oregon Convention, April 16, 2015. The Advancing Trails Awards program is one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people who work to create a national system of trails to meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of Americans– including those abroad. The awards honor outstanding efforts of agencies, trail professionals, the private sector, corporations, advocates, media, those creating healthier communities and people, groups dedicated to getting kids out on trails and into the outdoors, and others.

Winners of the Advancing Trails Awards for 2015

2015 Hulet Hornbeck Award

Steve Griswold

Steve Griswold dedicated his career in service to championing good trail practices and molding successful trail programs and crews within countless National Parks across America.

2015 Hulet Hornbeck Award

Mel Huie

Mel Huie has been an enthusiastic supporter, advocate, and planner of trails in the Portland area for more than three decades and serves as Metro’s Trails Coordinator.

2015 Best Trails State Award


Oregon works with local, federal, and state agencies, as well as organizations, to encourage the design, construction, and maintenance of trails that offer a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities.

2015 Community Service Award

Northwest Youth Corps

Northwest Youth Corps has been building trails to the future 1984, helping more than 18,000 diverse young people through opportunities to improve the natural environment.

2015 Corporate Award


Since 1976, REI has provided more than $44 million to nonprofit organizations to steward and enhance America’s outdoor spaces.

2015 Friends of Trails Award

Michigan Trail Riders Association

Since its creation in 1963, the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA) has continually worked toward developing, maintaining, and expanding a system of camps and trails stretching across the State of Michigan.

2015 Public Service Award

Karl Knapp

Karl Knapp is nominated for the Trails Public Service Award in recognition of the leadership and vision he has brought to his work with California State Parks over his 35 year career.

2015 Kids and Trails Award

Wildlands Conservancy’s Bike and Boat Program

The Bike & Boat Program is a model of experiential Environmental Education programming that has connected tens of thousands of kids to the Lehigh River Water Trail and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail.

2015 Outstanding Media Award

Governor's 100 Missouri Miles

In celebration of Missouri being named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge in June 2013.

2015 Trail Sharing Award

Northumberland County Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) consists of 6,500 acres of county-owned abandoned coal land whose trails have been developed into a motorized and nonmotorized recreation facility.

2015 Planning and Design Award - Level One

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization with a mission to create a hike/bike trail along the entire 116-mile length of the Truckee River.

2015 Planning and Design Award - Level Two

Putah Creek North Bank Trail

Located in Winters, California, the Putah Creek North Bank Trail is the public access portion of the larger Putah Creek Nature Park project that includes over 5 phases along the Putah Creek corridor.

2015 Planning and Design Award - Level Three

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan defines a 50-mile network of multi-use bicycle/pedestrian trails spanning the length of Santa Cruz County.

2015 Partnership Award - Level 1

American Conservation Experience and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

American Conservation Experience (ACE) and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) of the US Forest Service have been partnering on trail projects since 2009.

2015 Partnership Award - Level 2

City of Asheville and New Belgium Brewery

Asheville, North Carolina is emerging as one of the U.S.’s most livable and attractive cities, repeatedly chosen as one of the “Best Towns” and has been voted as “Beer City USA” four years in a row.

2015 State of the Art Technology Award

Single Track, LLC

Single Track, LLC’s Single Track ST 240 is a machine being described as a “game changer.”

2015 Trails and the Arts Award

City of Redmond

The City of Redmond, Washington is actively shaping investment and policy to ensure that its community is inspired and connected by arts and culture.

2015 Trails for Health Award

Get Your Tail on the Trail

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) has partnered with St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) to create the Get Your Tail on the Trail program.

2015 Trail Advocacy

Alabama: State Representative Terri Collins

State of Alabama Representative, Terri Collins, has served in the State of Alabama Legislature since 2010.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Arizona: Shawn Redfield

Shawn Redfield has held the position of Trail Director in our organization for the past three years, from 2011-2014.

2015 Trail Worker Award

California: Andrew Fulks

Andrew Fulks is Board President and a founder of Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization in California.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Colorado: Ken Neubecker

Ken Neubecker of American Rivers has worked tirelessly with partners in Eagle County, Colorado to enhance recreational opportunities along the Eagle River and protect ecologically and recreationally valuable parcels of land through the Eagle River Blue Trail.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Georgia: Mike Rooks

Mike Rooks is Park Foreman at Little Mulberry Park in Gwinnet County, Georgia.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Indiana: Mike Kuepper

The Nickel Plate Trail is not only the pride of North Central Indiana, but also a testament to Michael (Mike) Kuepper’s vision and dedication.

2015 Trail Advocacy

Indiana: Roy Garrett

Roy Garrett has been a strong advocate for motorized recreational trails and education for over 40 years in the State of Indiana.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Louisiana: Raymond Pellerin

Since retiring from his business career, Raymond Pellerin has dedicated his time and efforts to the annual Tour du Teche Kayak and Canoe Race, a marathon race spanning the entire 135-mile length of Bayou Teche in Louisiana.

2015 Trail Advocacy

Louisiana: Scott Schilling

Scott Schilling has done remarkable trail advocacy work in founding and serving as president of TRAIL.

2015 Trail Advocacy

New Hampshire: Bruce Stuart

Bruce is the President of the Cotton Valley Rail Trail Club (CVRTC), a group of railroad motorcar enthusiasts that help with trail maintenance on a variety of trails around NH.

2015 Trail Worker Award

New Hampshire: Emile and Rita Croteau

Emile and Rita are some of the founding members of the Millsfield Pond ATV Club.

2015 Trail Advocacy

New Hampshire: Silas Chamberlin

Silas Chamberlin, PhD, brings a novel perspective to his work on trails.

2015 Trail Worker Award

New York: Tate Connor

Tate Connor of The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has consistently worked for the betterment of multi-use trails in New York State.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Nevada: Jeff Potter

The Ash to Kings Canyon Trail is precedent setting project for Nevada and the Recreational Trails Program.

2015 Trail Advocacy

South Carolina: Archie Thompson

Archie Thompson has been advocating for blueways, or paddling trails, in South Carolina for over 20 years.

2015 Trail Advocacy

Washington: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle that serves as Washington State’s largest mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship group.

2015 Trail Worker Award

Washington: Sam Jarrett

The Snoqualmie/I-90 Corridor contains the most popular recreation destinations for many of the 3.6 million residents of the Seattle Metropolitan area of Washington State.

2015 International Partnership Award

Red Latinoamericana de Senderismo (Latin American Hiking Network)

Red Latinoamericana de Senderismo (Latin American Hiking Network) was founded on October 6, 2012 in Piriápolis, Uruguay, during the First Conference for Planning and Management of Trails in Mercosur.

2015 International Planning & Design Award

Fundación Caminando Panama (Caminando Panama Foundation)

The Caminando Panama Foundation is working on two projects simultaneously focused on rescuing Panama’s two trans-isthmian colonial routes: the Camino de Cruces (Crosses Road) and the Camino Real (Kings Road).

2015 International Kids and Trails Award

Pemberton Camp School, Australia

Pemberton Camp School is a residential camp school that provides outdoor educational programs for children.