State Award

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


Alabama: Steve Newton

Steve Newton of the Cheaha Trail Riders

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

Steve began the Alabama affiliate of the Baja SAE® that works in conjunction with the Polaris Recovery Team. This program promotes the continued development, safety, and use of OHV riding and recreation. Over 100 universities participate in this event each year with attendees from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Steve is the program liaison across the United States and a member of the recovery team.

Steve is a volunteer with the Cheaha Trail Riders and has organized travels to OHV parks in Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, and others OHV parks across the United States. This award winning club has designed and helped build and fund four OHV parks in Alabama and one in Mississippi.

Steve is the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council representative for Alabama, serves on the Alabama Trails Commission, and is a member of the Alabama Recreation Advisory Board for Recreation Trails Funding Program.

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