Trail Advocacy

This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.


Utah: Sandy and Geoff Freethey

Sandy serves as the Trail Mix Chairperson and Geoff serves as the Trail Mix hiking representative.

As a wife and husband team they were instrumental in getting the Master Trail Plan for Grand County approved by Grand County Council and the Moab City Council, and they put in hundreds of volunteer hours to develop and improve trails near Moab.

Last year a small subcommittee was formed to update the Grand County Trail Master Plan. Sandy and Geoff took a leadership role with the committee and worked to substantially improve the document and present it to the Grand County Council and City Council for their approval. The Grand County Planning Commission and Grand County Council held public hearings before they adopted the plan on March 18, 2008. The City of Moab adopted the plan on May 13, 2008. Both entities included the newly adopted trail plan in their General Plans. All along the way, the Freethey edited the document to meet the concerns of the public and public officials.