Allen MacPherson has worked professionally for over twenty-five years as a college and university educator in the fields of Park and Ecotourism Management. He is an author and has written and worked on several consulting projects in the areas of trail planning, design, and construction. Prior to his academic career he was for fourteen years Park Superintendent of Rondeau, Long Point, Balsam Lake Provincial Parks and Assistant Superintendent/Supervisor Algonquin Provincial Park. Al held an academic and administrative leadership role at the School of Environmental Studies at Fleming College in Lindsay and Haliburton Campuses. He holds a Diploma in Forestry, Bachelor in Environmental Studies, and a M.A. in Canadian Studies. Al works with for profit and nonprofit organizations and individuals to assist them in trail development and consultation. Presently he is president of the local Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association and is chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Trans Canada Trail Ontario.