20th American Trails National Symposium

Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ November 14-17, 2010

On the Path of Excellence: American Trails' National Trails Awards Program honors people and programs at the 20th American Trails National Symposium. The awards celebration was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nov. 16, 2010.


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2010 State Trail Worker Awards

The State Trail Worker Award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the commitment and efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation in their local area/state.




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Don Watts

Don Watts, a civilian Natural Resources Technician at Charleston Naval Weapons Station, has turned the 1,600 acre marshland of Marrington Outdoor Recreation Area into one of the largest and most popular trail systems in the state of South Carolina. He has since encouraged use of the system by biking associations, hikers, and blueway clubs to maximize the potential of the area.

In addition to his trail work at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station Don has contributed his expertise, time and energy to trails, both terrestrial and aquatic, in other parts of the state and regionally.

An avid flat-water kayaker, Don Watts has been a mainstay in the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Club. Further employing his boating skills he has volunteered with Berkeley County Blueways to promote and maintain paddling trails in Berkeley County Since 2009.

As a backpacker and hiker, he has volunteered annually since 1998 with the U. S. Forest Service as a trail maintenance team leader on the Konnarock crew working the trails on Mt. Rogers, Virginia.

Finally, he volunteers with the S. C. Department of Natural Resources as a Hunter Safety Instructor and in the “Take One, Make One” program that provides adult mentors to introduce youth to outdoor recreational activities.


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