State Award

The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.


Nevada: Vince La Plante

Vince is an established trail builder having constructed some of the most complex multi-use trail systems in the intermountain west and in Nevada.

Vince insists on high quality standards and is an expert in traditional and modern techniques and skills regarding trail construction and maintenance.

Vince started work as a trail crew member with the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service. After 27 years, Vince decided he wanted to teach and hand down his knowledge to upcoming trail crews.

Vince continues to keep traditional skills associated with trail work alive. From dry stone masonry, to hand drilling and breaking rock, rock and log retaining walls, rock step layout and construction, work with crosscut saws and other traditional tools, working with pack stock, backcountry logistics, camp set up, trail construction and maintenance – Vince has been handing these down for years.

Vince currently works as the Trails Coordinator for the Nevada Conservation Corps with the Great Basin Institute. In this capacity he has influenced many trail crews and trail systems throughout the State of Nevada. When not at work, you can find Vince enjoying the remote backcountry of the Sierra Nevada’s.

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