21st American Trails International Trails Symposium

NATIONAL TRAILS AWARDS

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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.

 

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The National Trails Awards program is one way American Trails recognizes the exemplary people who work to create a national system of trails to meet the recreation, health, and travel needs of Americans– including those abroad. The awards honor outstanding efforts of agencies, trail professionals, the private sector, corporations, advocates, media, those creating healthier communities and people, groups dedicated to getting kids out on trails and into the outdoors, and others.

 

WINNERS of National Trails Awards for 2013

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International Trails

Jeju Olle Foundation on the South Korean island of Jeju has overseen 411 kilometers of pathways, which circumnavigate the island. The foundation is also responsible for organizing the 2011, 2012, and 2013 World Trail Conference, and initiated the World Trail Network for global information sharing.

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Honorable Mentions:

New Zealand Cycle Trail Team - The New Zealand Cycle Trail is over 1700 kilometers long, creating 20 great cycle paths across the country.

Trans Canada Trail - Over the past 20 years, Canada has constructed over 16,800 kilometers for the Trans Canada Trail, which connects every province and territory in the country.

 

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Lifetime Service Award

Steve Elkinton’s remarkable dedication and leadership has guided the development of the National Trails Systems. He has prompted interagency collaboration, fostered partnerships, encouraged communication, and strongly advocated for trail interests.

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Best Trails State

The State of Missouri works with local, federal, and state agencies, as well as organizations, to encourage the design, construction, and maintenance of trails that offer a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Partnership Award

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, Chipotle Mexican Grill joined in partnership to organize two REI Ridge Trail Service Days to build, improve, and maintain the trail with more than 1600 volunteers of all ages.

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Community Service

Pinetop-Lakeside TRACKS is a volunteer group dedicated to the construction and maintenance of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails and also organizes a variety of community enhancing activities.

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Public Service

Roger Sabine is widely recognized as a leader in West Michigan trail development. He is extraordinarily effective at identifying opportunities, and bringing together the ideas, people and resources needed to transform those opportunities into vital trail connections.

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Outstanding Media Award

Michigan Department of Natural Resources has worked to increase trail awareness and use, highlight new trail design projects, and create statewide partnerships to promote trail events and generate interest in trails.

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Trails and the Arts Award

High Trestle Trail Steering Committee and Partners rehabilitated the half-mile long bridge with observation decks and a scenic overlook, as well as artistic elements illustrating the history of the railroad and local geologic features.

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Trails for Health Award

Chinese Mountaineering Association manages, organizes, and promotes public outdoor sports and encourages the public to lead healthy, active lifestyles. A subsidiary of the association, the Outdoor Sports Department, is involved in the planning and construction of high-quality trails.

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State-of-the-Art Technology Award

Gerry Wilbour and the Northwest Trails Crew are recognized for improving trail building machines, creating new bridge fabrication systems, developing more efficient construction methods, and applying geotechnical engineering to challenging environments.

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Outstanding Trail Sharing Award

Colorado's “Stay the Trail” Program was developed by the Responsible Recreation Foundation in partnership with the US Forest Service, BLM, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to encourage responsible trail and land use.

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Kids and Trails Award

Home Place Adventures is a Summer Youth Outdoor Exploration program to inspire youth and teens to connect with nature and gain a new appreciation for the outdoors. Topics include environmental awareness, leadership skills, and community giving projects.

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Planning/Design Award

Salida to Leadville Trail Corridor Feasibility Study assesses trail opportunities along the 64-mile historic route of the Leadville Stage Road and Midland Railroad in the central Colorado mountains along the Arkansas River.

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Corporate Award

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. established the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative support the OHV community nationwide by maintaining riding areas, building necessary bridges, and financially supporting local trail organizations.

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Developer Award

Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona, is an active outdoor lifestyle community with 30 miles of walking, jogging, and biking paths. The community's 3,000 acres of upper Sonoran Desert will be preserved and enhanced with a multi-use trail system.

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Developer Award

The Parkway at Blue Ravine, Folsom, California recently developed the Humbug-Willow Creek Parkway within the community, which served to enhance wetlands, woodlands, and riparian habitat while providing five miles of multi-use trails.

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Hulet Hornbeck Award

Pat O’Brien is a highly accomplished leader and long-time figure in the parks and recreation industry. His support for trails, open space, and the environment, as well as his legislative advocacy, have garnered him wide recognition.

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State Trail Advocacy Awards

For an individual who has demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance (one award for every state and DC).

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State Trail Worker Awards

For an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance in either the private or public sector (one award for every state and DC).

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