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.
Don Watts is a civilian Natural Resources Technician at Charleston Naval Weapons Station.
Don has turned the 1,600 acre marshland of Marrington Outdoor Recreation Area into one of the largest and most popular trail systems in the state of South Carolina.
In addition to his trail work at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station Don has contributed his expertise, time and energy to trails, both terrestrial and aquatic, in other parts of the state and regionally.
An avid flat-water kayaker, Don Watts has been a mainstay in the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Club. Further employing his boating skills he has volunteered with Berkeley County Blueways to promote and maintain paddling trails in Berkeley County Since 2009.
As a backpacker and hiker, he has volunteered annually since 1998 with the U. S. Forest Service as a trail maintenance team leader on the Konnarock crew working the trails on Mt. Rogers, Virginia.
Finally, he volunteers with the SC Department of Natural Resources as a Hunter Safety Instructor and in the “Take One, Make One” program that provides adult mentors to introduce youth to outdoor recreational activities.