Outdoor Recreation Planner with National Park Service
Holly Larson has been a trail planner since the early 1990's, and for the last 18 years has been an Outdoor Recreation Planner for the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. In this position, she has assisted over 25 communities in Minnesota with planning and design for hard surface multi-use trails, collaborating with multiple trail user groups, and state, county and city engineers and trail managers. She worked for five years as a Trail Planner for the Maryland--National Capitol Planning Commission, where she was asked to fix really bad trail design mistakes, and to make bicyclists, hikers and equestrians get along. She started her trail planning career as a Monroe County Planner in the Florida Keys, when the first ISTEA legislation was passed. She and a colleague dreamed up a trail for the Keys and succeeded in obtaining funding for the first segments of what would become the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. She holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University.