This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Elise has been an enthusiastic OHV user, and advocate for enhanced recreational opportunities.
Elise has been paramount is working with partner agencies locally to preserve and protect the precious resource available to rural residents. Elise simply met a local State Legislature for coffee, which resulted in legislation being passed specifically awarding Partners in Conservation $250,000 to protect a sensitive OHV site, through managed use. In a year of huge budget cuts, this was considered an amazing feat.
Partners in Conservation (PIC) is an information conduit that fills the gap between rural communities and government entities; develops specific partnerships to resolve conservation, recreation, and public land issues; PIC also develops specific partnerships and administers common-sense projects that provide win-win opportunities for all involved. PIC will be a lasting, permanent, and significant factor in enabling citizens of rural Northeast Clark County and other rural communities in Nevada and the West to take an active role in public land, conservation, and recreational issues. PIC administers and facilitates common-sense conservation projects by matching specific tasks with appropriate organizations and by utilizing the skills, energy, and abilities of diverse groups through hands-on participation. Active involvement creates ownership; by actually doing the project, participants become part of the project.