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.


West Virginia: Martha Ballman

Martha is currently President of the WV Trails Coalition.

Since she began as a staff member and volunteer in 2002, Martha's vision has been to see the Coalition's key component come to completion: that is, for the state of WV to hire its first State Trail Coordinator. In 2005 and 2006 Martha worked tirelessly with advocates to develop legislation and resolutions to create a State Trail Coordinator position.

Success was finally achieved in February 2006, and the WV Department of Transportation hired the first State Trail Coordinator! Thanks to Martha's vision, perseverance, excellent coordination and advocacy skills, and light-hearted humor, the process was quite celebratory.

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