State Award

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

 

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.

Wayne has worked in the recreation program on the McKenzie River Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest for 28 years. He is currently the Trail Crew Supervisor for the District. Wayne is a master of his trade, and teaches the fine art of trailwork on to hundreds of Forest Service employees and volunteers. 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. Wayne has a way of making trails about community. He takes good care of his volunteers and forest trail crews, carefully and extensively planning logistics and addressing safety concerns. He is usually still at work when the trail crew is done for the day. The High Cascades Forest Volunteers is one group he works with to increase the capacity of the trails program. He also maintains great working relations with horse packers, other volunteers, and Forest Service personnel. Wayne is very generous with his knowledge and he is a kind and patient teacher. He insists on high quality standards. He is an expert in traditional and modern techniques and skills regarding trail construction and maintenance. He is the real deal.