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.
Matthew Shannon is a Trail Crew Leader with the USDA- Forest Service in Bridger Teton National Forest.
In 2005, as a summer Crew Leader for the Willow Creek improvements, he was responsible for completing a packbridge over Willow Creek and replacing three other bridges in the watershed.
Matt built partnerships with outfitters and guides who were instrumental in packing in and out thousands of pounds of equipment and materials for the project. The Forest Service was not able to provide these services, so Matt's ability to develop relationships with these outfitters was essential. Particularly impressive was Matt's strong work ethic as he put all his efforts into making sure his project was well done.