Awards were presented at the 23rd International Trails Symposium - May 7-10, 2017, Dayton, Ohio.
American Trails presents the National & International Trails Awards Program to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally in both rural and urban settings. American Trails honors the contributions of leaders who are working for the advancement of trails across the country and around the world.
Hulet Hornbeck Lifetime Service Award
Reese’s keen sense of purpose and visionary ideas have helped organizations to grow and prosper.
Trail Accessibility Award
A new smooth, natural pathway with benches, accessible trailside restrooms, and viewing platform provides a more accessible wildlife experience.
Trail Partnership Award
Waldo County Trails Coalition support community wellness by creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental education, nature observation.
Trail Planning & Design Award, Level One
The City of San Jose and Callander Associates SKY Lane Vision Study considers an aerial trail through southeast Downtown San Jose.
Trail Planning & Design Award, Level Two
Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan seeks to provide a sustainable, healthy, and authentic way to experience Montana landscapes and history.
Trail Promotion and Education Award
Cleveland Metroparks Trail Ambassador Volunteer Program helps provide an exceptional guest experience by interacting with the public to provide assistance, guidance, and education.
Trails for Health Award
Quad City Health Initiative, Be Healthy QC Coalition, and Bi-State Regional Commission are working to promote trails and to create a culture of wellness that supports healthy eating and active living.
International Planning & Design Award
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia developed the Three Capes Track, a 28.5 mile easy to moderate bushwalk, complete with overnight cabins, through the scenic Tasman National Park.
Steve Newton is a passionate advocate for safety in Off-Highway Vehicle access in Alabama.
Governor John Hickenlooper has elevated trails to a new level in Colorado.
Marcie is an employee of Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and manages the County’s Greenway program.
The International Mountain Bike Association chapter, Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana (OMTB), is a nonprofit organization for bicyclists on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Led by mountain cyclist, David Nash, the organization’s sole purpose is to facilitate and implement projects that expand bicycle riding opportunities.
Tom demonstrates a resounding commitment to the bicycle and pedestrian network of southwest Idaho.
Paul has been involved at nearly every level of trail development, including design, construction, and maintenance, on over 100 miles of mountain bike trails in Indiana.
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has been a recreational trails advocate and builder for over a decade.
Sally Hausken has done what many thought was impossible in a small, rural based community in west central Minnesota.
Vince is an established trail builder having constructed some of the most complex multi-use trail systems in the intermountain west and in Nevada.
Nick has been the leading force in saving the legendary Maah Daah Hey trail in western North Dakota.
The Buckeye Trail Association builds, maintains, and promotes the use of a 1,400 mile statewide trail.
In 2012, Ralph was hired by Ohio’s Cleveland Metroparks to start up a new Trails Division.
Diana is an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a long-time member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Tim is the Field Operations Director with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the non-profit arm of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.