State Award

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


Wisconsin: Tim Malzhan

Tim is the Field Operations Director with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the non-profit arm of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Tim started with the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation (now the Ice Age Trail Alliance) in 2000 after through hiking the trail in 1991.

Tim participated in Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and saw the need for a similar system along the Ice Age Trail. The Mobile Skills Crew, a group of volunteers who are trained in advanced trail construction and crew leadership techniques, held their first event in 2002.

Tim also started the “trails notebook” series. These notebooks give standards and direction to the trail building efforts of volunteers statewide.

Tim says that “trail building is people building.” He believes that the work the volunteers do not only touches the volunteers in profound ways, but also carries on to people who use the trail.

His gratification for the volunteers he works with shows in everything he does. His dedication to the trails community shows through the stories and laughter around project campfires by those who have been touched by his work.

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