This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.
The Genesee Valley Greenway is a 90-mile public, multi-use trail and natural and historic resource corridor that follows the route of the Genesee Valley Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Like thousands of other abandoned towpaths and rail beds across the country, the Genesee Valley Greenway provides opportunities for public recreation and an off-road link to communities, parks, and other trails and attractions in the region.
The Friends of the Genesee Valley Greenway is governed by a 14 member Board of Directors composed of individuals living within the Greenway region. The board meets regularly with DEC and OPRHP to discuss issues and capital projects. Included on the board are the chairpersons of local committees that provide maintenance of sections of trail. Over the past three years (2005-07) it is estimated that more than 80 volunteers spent approximately 2000 hours each year clearing vegetation from the trail and historic structures, mowing, picking up trash, meeting to discuss trail planning and management, and organizing events. Volunteers also donated the use of their equipment and the necessary gas and oil as well as their mileage to reach their adopted sections.