The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.
The Buckeye Trail Association builds, maintains, and promotes the use of a 1,400 mile statewide trail.
As Executive Director, Andrew Bashaw successfully coordinates the efforts of some 50 active volunteers and a small part-time staff.
Andrew wants people to enjoy their experiences along Ohio’s premiere long-distance hiking trail. He dreams big and always pushes himself and the organization to accomplish more together. Andrew has been instrumental in negotiating reroutes of the Buckeye Trail through places such as Glen Helen Nature Preserve and the Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia preserve system.
For the past several years Andrew has made efforts to bring all the trail constituency groups in Ohio together with one voice. He also promotes Ohio's trails through political advocacy and community awareness.
The mantra of the Buckeye Trail Association is “together we can.” Andrew’s efforts are the glue that brings all aspects of the association together. No matter what the activity, Andrew is always first to say thank you for your work.