Trail Worker Award

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.


Oregon: Jim Talburt

In 1998, soon after retiring from the Forest Service, Jim Talburt founded The Motley Crew, a hard-working volunteer trail maintenance crew who average about 1,800 hours each year. All members are over the age of 61.

Talburt himself has accounted for nearly 20% (360 hours) of the total work. He knew the forest constantly faces funding shortfalls for trail maintenance and there is always plenty of work left unfinished. It didn't take long for him to assemble volunteer crew and convince the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to loan tools and reimburse them for mileage.