This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Kim Raap has served as Park Manager in various parks in South Dakota as well as State Trails Coordinator in both South Dakota and Wyoming.
In the 26 years that he served in the State Parks system, he developed many trail systems, created many partnerships that are still in existence today, as well as administering the Recreational Trails Grant Program. Before leaving Wyoming he created the OHV registration and trail program.
Mr. Raap left the State Parks system in 2004 and created a consulting firm to focus on recreational trails issues and management. In his new capacity, Kim now assists agencies, associations, clubs, and businesses in environmental, NEPA, and agency plan reviews. He also provides training, meeting facilitation, technical writing and grant writing workshops. Trails Work Consulting has developed many educational tools that are regularly used by trail managers and trail enthusiasts. His recent projects include an Avalanche Education Repository, Access Guide for Snowmobiling on Private and Public Lands and a web-based Safety Awareness Program. Kim continues to serve as a resource and regularly volunteers to assist the South Dakota Snowmobile Association, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, and many other trail groups across the country.