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published Jun 2010

Merle D. Grimes— A True Friend of Greenways and Trails

Merle Grimes planned and helped develop greenways and trails in Atlanta, GA and on the Island of Kauai as well as many projects in the Denver area and the South Platte River Greenway.


published Jun 2010

Jon McBride— Montana Smokejumper and Trails Steward

by American Trails Staff

Jon McBride founded the National Smokejumper Association’s Trails Program. Under McBride’s leadership during the past 10 years, former and current smokejumpers rehabilitated well over a thousand miles of trails for the Forest Service and the National Park Service.


published Mar 2010

Austin Helmers, Alaskan Trails Advocate and Forest Service Veteran

by American Trails Staff

After 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Austin Helmers' second career was his passion for hiking and making sure Alaskan trails rights of way were not lost.


published Mar 2010

Art Cowley— Father of the Ouachita Trail

by American Trails Staff

Art’s claim to fame in the Ouachitas was working out the plan in the early 1970’s for the Ouachita Trail.


published Jan 2010

Dale Shewalter, Founder of the Arizona Trail

by American Trails Staff

Dale was known as the "Father of the Arizona Trail" and guiding spirit for the Arizona Trail Association. Dale had a vision of a continuous path across Arizona, and in 1985 he undertook a journey on foot across the state.


published Jul 2009

John C. Roth, a Person who Built Connections and Moved Dreams Forward

by American Trails Staff

A Missouri trail advocate, John Roth was a volunteer with the US Forest Service for several years. He is best known for his tremendous work on the the planning and development of the Ozark Trail.


published May 2009

Brian O'Neill

by American Trails Staff

Brian O'Neill - the longtime superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area who helped transform the Presidio and other military bases into parkland.


published May 2009

Tammy Jamieson - Advocate for Parks, Trails, and Open Space

by Robert (Bob) Searns with Robert Searns and Associates, Inc.

Tammy left a lasting legacy in the parks, trails and open space features that she created during her tenure.


published Jan 2008

Jessica Terrell, Trails Activist and State Program Manager

by American Trails Staff

Jessica had been the state trail coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in New Mexico, and held the same position in Missouri. She was proud of being selected to participate in the American Frontiers Expedition team.


published Dec 2007

Dale Lloyd, Advocate for Trails and Snowmobilers

by American Trails Staff

Dale Harvey Lloyd was the husband of Kay Lloyd, who served as American Trails Chair for several years. Dale, like Kay, was an avid snowmobiler and advocate for trails of all kinds.