21st American Trails International Trails Symposium

NATIONAL TRAILS AWARDS
April 16, 2013

On the Path of Excellence

 

American Trails' 21st National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium. The awards celebration was held at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona, April 16, 2013.

arrow See the previous Award Winners from 2010 - 2008 - 2006 - 2004 - 2002, and 2000.

 

2013 State Trail Advocacy Awards

 

The Trail Advocacy award is given to an individual that has demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.

 

Dan and Connie Burkhardt - MISSOURI

 

photo of people in bike outfits

Dan and Connie Burkhardt - 2013 State Trail Advocacy Award for Missouri

Dan and Connie Burkhardt are being nominated for their efforts to protect the scenic and rural landscape that parallels Katy Trail State Park, a 240-mile rail-trail conversion that spans nearly the entire width of Missouri.

The Katy Trail was made possible by a generous donation from the late Edward D. “Ted” Jones, Jr., and his wife, Pat. Ted was the son of the founder of the Edward Jones financial services firm.

Dan and Connie, retired partners of the Edward Jones firm, were inspired by this donation and wanted to ensure the continuation of Ted and Pat Jones’ early vision of Katy Trail State Park.

Working in collaboration with Ozark Regional Land Trust, Dan and Connie founded the Katy Land Trust in 2010. The mission of the Katy Land Trust is to work cooperatively with landowners along the Katy Trail to conserve their farms and forests.

The Katy Land Trust provides information to landowners about conservation practices, including land conservation agreements, and then works with interested landowners to implement them. To date, over 300 acres have been protected through conservation easements through the Katy Land Trust.

photo of people walking on trail

A section of the Katy Trail State Park, a 240-mile rail-trail

 

In addition to founding the Katy Land Trust, Dan and Connie were the first to enter a conservation easement with the Katy Land Trust, setting aside their 220-acre farm north of the Katy Trail near Marthasville, MO.

Tireless in their efforts to encourage landowners to protect the farms and forested areas along the trail as well as to emphasize the significant agricultural heritage associated with this area of Missouri, the Burkhardts have partnered with the Katy Land Trust in organizing an annual “Run for the Farms” event for the past two years. The 5K run serves a dual purpose of fundraising and promoting the mission of the Katy Land Trust.

Additionally, Dan and Connie have taken on a special project of preserving the historic grain elevators on the Katy Trail corridor. These elevators serve as tangible evidence of the link between the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, now Katy Trail State Park, and the adjacent farmland. The Burkhardts secured the assistance of nationally-recognized artist Bryan Haynes, who allowed two of his rural Missouri landscape paintings to be recreated as banners. These banners now hang from a grain elevator at the trail’s Treloar trailhead, as a highly visible reminder to trail users and nearby landowners of the importance of preserving agricultural resources and forests along the Katy Trail.

 

American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797(530) 547-2060
Fax: (530) 547-2035Symposium@americantrails.org www.AmericanTrails.org

Print Friendly
Print Friendly and PDF

 

 

 

Join American Trails

 

 

Facebook Twitter

Stay up to date on legislative issues for trails, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

Need trail skills and education? Do you provide training? Join the National Trails Training Partnership!

The NTTP Online Calendar connects you with courses, conferences, and trail-related training

arrowEnjoy and share the new online, digital version of the American Trails Magazine!

arrowHelp us provide you more useful resources to keep you on the cutting-edge -- please join today!

arrowWe are advocating for your interests! Visit the Supporting Trails page to view the latest in legislative news, current issues, and opportunities, and to learn how to access funding.

arrow Sign up for American Trails Action Alerts and Trail Tracks e-Newsletters.

 

PDF  Some of our documents are in PDF format and require free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.
  Download Acrobat Reader

section 508 logo American Trails and NTTP support accessibility with Section 508: read more.