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National Trails Awards for 2004

American Trails is pleased to announce that 26 State Trail Advocate and 27 State Trail Worker Awards were presented to organizations and individuals from 34 states, as part of the National Trail Awards for 2004. The awards were presented on October 23, 2004, at the 17th National Trails Symposium held in Austin, Texas, and are made possible by the National Trails Symposium Sponsors. See the 2002 National Trails Awards and previous award winners from 2000.


Nominee must have demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development or maintenance.

Photo: Jodi Simpson
Jodi Simpson from Alaska

ALASKA: Jodi Simpson

Jodi Simpson is an Assembly Member who represents the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska. During the time she has served on the assembly, she has worked very diligently and consciously on recreational trail issues. She has been a staunch public supporter for the need to have trails reserved and dedicated for public use in perpetuity.

ARIZONA: Bob Skaggs

Bob works for the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and has been a trail advocate for years and is best know for his work in establishing standards from signage to trail construction in Maricopa County.

COLORADO: Jack Welch

Jack Welch has been a trails advocate for over 35 years. As Chairman and regional Vice President, he has been a leader in the Colorado Off- Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO). He has also served on the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee.

DELAWARE: Friends of White Clay Creek State Park

Friends of White Clay Creek State Park is a non-profit organization, whose mission is the protection and preservation of the park and surrounding creek valley. They accomplish their mission through needs assessment, enhancement projects, public relations, and education.


As a member of the RTP advisory committee for the past 8 years, Joceyln has advised the District on a number of different trail related projects. Some of the projects that Joceyln pushed for include the Kenilworth Gardens boardwalk trail and trail rehabilitation in many of the local parks.

FLORIDA: Jena Brooks

Jena is the Director of the Office of Greenways & Trails. She has been a strong advocate and champion for Florida's greenways and trails. She has presided over many policy and program improvements and initiatives that have enhanced and facilitated the establishment of Florida's greenways and trails efforts.

Photo: Sue Guille
Sue Guille of Hawaii

HAWAII: Sue Guille

Sue is a Council member with the Na Ala Hele Advisory Council. She has been a member of this council for 10 years. During that time she served as the statewide chair for two years guiding the future of trail development in Hawaii.

ILLINOIS: Dick Westfall

Dick is the Illinois representative on the Mississippi River Trail Council. This group has worked with communities and individuals to develop a 10-state signed route from the headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

INDIANA: Kevin Heber

Kevin is a board member of the Hoosier Rails-to-Trails Council and has done an outstanding job in that capacity. Through his website and listserve development, Kevin has promoted Indiana trails Statewide.

IOWA: Gerry Rowland

Gerry has been extremely active in the promotion and development of water trails in the state of Iowa. Gerry has helped to bring attention to Iowa's rivers as a source of recreation and has served as a catalyst in the development of water trails.

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Minnesota Parks and Trails Council members

MINNESOTA: Minnesota Parks and Trails Council

The Minnesota Parks and Trails Council just celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their advocacy efforts over the past 50 years, such as the sponsoring of an annual statewide trails summit, has led to the development of over 1000 miles of state trails.

MISSOURI: John Donjoian

John is credited with forming the Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC) group. John and this group of trail enthusiasts have formed positive relationships with many parks and conservation departments and these relationships have helped to develop sustainable trails throughout the state.

MONTANA: John Favro

John is the Region 1 Trails Coordinator with the USDA Forest Service. He has brought a great deal of experience and leadership to the state of Montana through his involvement with the Montana State Trails Advisory Committee.

NEVADA: Jay Howard

Jay is a Resource Ranger with Nevada State Parks. He was the visionary behind making the Marlette Lake Trail a high priority project of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

Photo: Sally Tomlinson
Sally Tomlinson of New Hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Sally Tomlinson

Sally has been a strong advocate for the Cross Rivendell Trail. Her advocacy efforts include, engaging the Rivendell Interstate School District to participate in facilitating and funding summer work crews, communicating with land owners to gain easements, and recruiting and training "trail adopters" to maintain the trail.

NEW MEXICO: Tom Springer

Tom has been a strong advocate for trails throughout New Mexico. He is President of the New Mexico Rails-to-Trails Association, and Vice Chair of several New Mexico State Recreational Trail Advisory Boards.

NORTH CAROLINA: Roanoke River Partners

This non-profit group formed in 1996 played a large role in the development, construction and management of the Roanoke River Paddle Trail; a system of water trails and unique wooden camping platforms that make this wilderness area accessible to visitors like never before.

OKLAHOMA: Keith Coleman

Keith has served as President and Vice President of the Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association. He has worked to establish and maintain numerous equestrian trails across the state.

OREGON: Jerry Davis

Jerry is a strong advocate for trails throughout Benton County. He has used the planning process to bring about a broad spectrum of interests ranging from land trusts and trails organizations to university research staff and private land owners. His efforts have resulted in the Benton County Trails System Plan adopted in April of 2003.

PENNSYLVANIA: Vincent Visoskas

Vincent is the Assistant Township Manager with the West Bradford Township. He was instrumental in developing the "Creating Connections: Country Paths & Village Sidewalks - A Greenways, Trails and Gateways Plan for West Bradford Township."

RHODE ISLAND: Michael Creasy

Michael is the Executive Director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. This corridor represents 24 municipalities in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and Michael has worked hard to promote the recreational opportunities in these areas by hosting the annual greenway challenge.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Todd Wilkinson

Todd is an advocate for snowmobile trail systems in South Dakota. He has served as President of the South Dakota Snow Mobile Association, Vice Chairman of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations and was recently appointed to the state's Governor's Snowmobile Advisory Council.

Photo: Jeanne Patterson teaching
Jeanne Patterson of Texas

TEXAS: Jeanne Patterson

Jeanne Patterson has been actively engaged in supporting trails for more than 16 years. For seven of those years, she served on the board of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, 6 of them as Chair of the Board. Under her leadership the coalition successfully promoted key state legislation and participated in the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. to promote the reauthorization of TEA-21 funding.

TEXAS: Joe Moore

Joe is the Parks and Recreation Assistant Director with the City of Grapevine and founding member of the Texas Trails Network. Joe has a long standing history of advocating for trails throughout the state of Texas. Joe is the co-chair of the National Trails Symposium and has been instrumental in its success. Thank you, Joe!

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Joe Moore of the Texas Trails Network

UTAH: David Olsen

David is the Community Development Coordinator for the city of Moab. His vision of the Mill Creek Parkway has forged the way for non-motorized trail development in Grand County.

VERMONT: David Hooke

David is the project coordinator with Rivendell Trail Association. He has been a major contributor and supporter of trail planning, development and maintenance throughout Vermont for the past two decades.

Photo: Hans Jenny and bicyclists
Hans Jenny and Fellowship of the Wheel members


VERMONT: Hans Jenny

Hans is Chair of the Fellowship of the Wheel. Fellowship of the Wheel is a mountain bike and trail advocacy group for Chittenden County. Hans' advocacy efforts include organizing trail work crews and forming partnerships with various groups and local officials to build trails in several cities and towns throughout Vermont.


See National Trails Award Winners from 2006, 2002, and 2000.

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