The State Awards recognize individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states.

2019 State Award

Alabama: Adam Dasinger

Through his tireless determination to affect positive change, and his dedication to making his community a better place to live, Adam is an outstanding example of a citizen turning passion into action to make a difference in the lives of others through recreational trails.

2019 State Award

California: Erik Pritchard

In 2017, Erik Pritchard was elected president of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA®) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

2019 State Award

Colorado: Kriste Peoples

Kriste is the founder of Black Women’s Alliance (BWA) of Denver and is a co-leader for Outdoor Afro Colorado.

2019 State Award

Florida: Jill Lingard

Jill is President of the Florida Paddling Trails Association and a level 2 ACA- certified kayak instructor.

2019 State Award

Illinois: Diane Banta

Diane is an Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service (NPS).

2019 State Award

Indiana: Angie Pool

Thanks to Angie’s leadership, the Cardinal Greenway has received well-deserved recognition as a major community asset.

2019 State Award

Louisiana: Damon Robison

Damon gives testament to what can be achieved by a small community when a diverse range of individuals and organizations work collaboratively to create something very special.

2019 State Award

Maryland: Bonnie Bell

Bonnie’s leadership in park stewardship has impacted and inspired hundreds of people over the years in the value and fun of conservation service and is a significant reason why the Great Seneca Creek Watershed is in the excellent condition it’s in today.

2019 State Award

Minnesota: Anne Gullion

Anne Gullion was a driving force behind bring horse trails to Duluth as a tourism attraction, which led to the opening of the new Magney Snively-Ely's Peak Equestrian Trail and Ski Loop.

2019 State Award

Missouri: Josh Adams

Josh Adams is the sole member and project leader for the Missouri Trails Project.

2019 State Award

North Carolina: Tim Johnson

For two decades, Tim Johnson has been that champion for sustainable trails in North Carolina. His leadership, knowledge, and vision of many significant projects with incalculable impact has created dozens of miles of new sustainable trail on the ground.

2019 State Award

New York: Erik Mickelson

Eric is a consummate trail professional whose technical skill and artistic vision have contributed greatly to the trails in New York State.

2019 State Award

Ohio: Andy Niekamp

Andy is the chief adventure officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, and founder and leader of Dayton Hikers, which has more than 3,300 members.

2019 State Award

Oregon: Wayne Chevalier

Wayne is a champion of promoting and maintaining the use of traditional skills in trail work. He teaches, and is, a certifier of crosscut saws and is experienced with rigging, dry stone masonry, and woodworking.

2019 State Award

Virginia: Sean Gobin

Gobin and Warrior Expeditions have successfully taken the spirit of what Earl Shaffer was talking about when he declared he was going to “walk off the war,” and extended that opportunity to those who, for either physical and financial limitations, would otherwise never be able to undertake it.

2019 State Award

Wisconsin: Gary Werner

A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Gary worked for 12 years for the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation organizing volunteers, coordinating trail planning and construction projects with the National Park Service, Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, and negotiating right of way purchases with landowners.

2017 State Award

Alabama: Steve Newton

Steve Newton is a passionate advocate for safety in Off-Highway Vehicle access in Alabama.

2017 State Award

Colorado: Governor John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper has elevated trails to a new level in Colorado.

2017 State Award

Georgia: Marcie Moore

Marcie is an employee of Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and manages the County’s Greenway program.

2017 State Award

Hawaii: David Nash

The International Mountain Bike Association chapter, Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana (OMTB), is a nonprofit organization for bicyclists on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Led by mountain cyclist, David Nash, the organization’s sole purpose is to facilitate and implement projects that expand bicycle riding opportunities.

2017 State Award

Idaho: Tom Laws

Tom demonstrates a resounding commitment to the bicycle and pedestrian network of southwest Idaho.

2017 State Award

Indiana: Paul Arlinghaus

Paul has been involved at nearly every level of trail development, including design, construction, and maintenance, on over 100 miles of mountain bike trails in Indiana.

2017 State Award

Louisiana: Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has been a recreational trails advocate and builder for over a decade.

2017 State Award

Minnesota: Sally Hausken

Sally Hausken has done what many thought was impossible in a small, rural based community in west central Minnesota.

2017 State Award

Nevada: Vince La Plante

Vince is an established trail builder having constructed some of the most complex multi-use trail systems in the intermountain west and in Nevada.

2017 State Award

North Dakota: Nick Ybarra

Nick has been the leading force in saving the legendary Maah Daah Hey trail in western North Dakota.

2017 State Award

Ohio: Andrew Bashaw

The Buckeye Trail Association builds, maintains, and promotes the use of a 1,400 mile statewide trail.

2017 State Award

Ohio: Ralph Protano

In 2012, Ralph was hired by Ohio’s Cleveland Metroparks to start up a new Trails Division.

2017 State Award

West Virginia: Diana Druga

Diana is an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a long-time member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

2017 State Award

Wisconsin: Tim Malzhan

Tim is the Field Operations Director with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the non-profit arm of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.