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.
Since joining the staff at Occoneechee State Park, Brian Detweiler has made great strides in adding new trail to the park, while maintaining almost 15 miles of existing trail.
The addition of the Tutelo Birding Trail has been one of Brian’s most outstanding accomplishments. Through effective use of available resources, Brian has been able to enhance the existing trail system in the park.
Planning for the Tutelo Trail had begun in 2002, before Brian came on board. The initial impetus for this trail was during the development of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Birding and Wildlife Trail System, with Occoneechee included as a stop along the trail. The goal was to enhance the experience for visitors and provide additional opportunities for birding enthusiasts. Through Brian's leadership and hard work, the Tutelo Birding Trail at Occoneechee State Park is now a reality. The major work on the 1.3-mile trail was finished during the winter of 2007, including a wildlife observation deck. Brian oversaw construction, utilizing part-time and volunteer labor to assist with the trail work, including the Youth Conservation Corps crew assigned to the project.