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2017 National and International Trails Awards


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American Trails presents the National & International Trails Awards Program to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally in both rural and urban settings. American Trails honors the contributions of leaders who are working for the advancement of trails across the country and around the world. Awards were presented at the 23rd International Trails Symposium - May 7-10, 2017, Dayton, Ohio.

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WINNERS of National & International Trails Awards for 2017

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Hulet Hornbeck Lifetime Service Award

Reese Lukei, Jr.

Reese’s keen sense of purpose and visionary ideas have helped organizations to grow and prosper. His legacy in the trail community is documented in his personal trail of successes. During his 35 years of successful leadership he has mentored many of the current trail leaders today.

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Trail Accessibility Award

Steep trail grades at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA) limited many individuals from viewing migrating birds of prey. A new smooth, natural pathway with benches, accessible trailside restrooms, and viewing platform provides a more accessible wildlife experience.

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Trail Partnership Award

Waldo County Trails Coalition support community wellness by creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental education, nature observation. A major accomplishment is the the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail from from Unity to Belfast, ME.

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Trail Planning & Design Award - Level One

City of San Jose and Callander Associates SKY Lane Vision Study offers one possible solution for urban trail development along a highly constrained corridor by evaluating the possibility of a 1.7-mile aerial trail through southeast Downtown San Jose.

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Trail Planning & Design Award - Level Two

Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan seeks to provide a sustainable, healthy, and authentic way to experience Montana landscapes and history by connecting existing and proposed routes into a 180-mile world-class trail system.

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Trail Promotion and Education Award

Cleveland Metroparks Trail Ambassador Volunteer Program helps provide an exceptional guest experience by interacting with the public to provide assistance, guidance, and education. The program was launched in 2005 as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Successful Aging Initiative.

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Trails for Health Award

Quad City Health Initiative, Be Healthy QC Coalition, and Bi-State Regional Commission are working to promote trails and to create a culture of wellness that supports healthy eating and active living.

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International Planning & Design Award

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia developed the Three Capes Track, a 28.5 mile easy to moderate bushwalk, complete with overnight cabins, through the scenic Tasman National Park.

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State Awards: Outstanding Trail Leaders

graphicSteve Newton (Alabama)

graphicGovernor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)

graphicMarcie Moore (Georgia)

graphicDavid Nash (Hawaii)

graphicTom Laws (Idaho)

graphicPaul Arlinghaus (Indiana)

graphicLieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser (Louisiana)

graphicSally Hausken (Minnesota)

graphicVince La Plante (Nevada)

graphicNick Ybarra (North Dakota)

graphicAndrew Bashaw (Ohio)

graphicRalph Protano (Ohio)

graphicDiana Druga (West Virginia)

graphicTim Malzhan (Wisconsin)

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American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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