American Trails presents these awards to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally.
REI - sponsor of the awards banquet
Award winners were recognized at the American Trails International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon May 19, 2015. The program honors outstanding efforts of agencies, trail professionals, corporations, advocates, and media who are creating healthier communities and getting kids and adults out on trails and into the outdoors.
2015 AWARD CATEGORIES:
Lifetime Service Award: For an individual demonstrating longstanding, significant, and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation, and recreation.
Best Trails State Award: Recognizing a State which is facilitating an outstanding statewide trails system, including master planning, legislation, funding, and program implementation.
Hulet Hornbeck Award: For an individual who, like Hulet, demonstrates long-standing vision and wisdom in support of trails.
Community Service Award: This award honors a trail organization that performs exceptional actions or projects that make their communities better places to live, improve the natural environment, support worthy causes, and/or demonstrate in preeminent volunteerism.
Corporate Award: A business or corporation must have demonstrated significant, sustained, and exemplary service to trails planning, implementation, and/or recreation.
Friends of Trails Award (NEW): For a friends volunteer group which has shown outstanding support of local trails through fundraising, development, maintenance, advocating, promoting, and enhancing of trails for future generations.
Kids and Trails Award: This award honors efforts to engage children and youth in outdoor experiences using trails, involving creative interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components.
Outstanding Media Award: This award recognizes significant and sustained efforts to provide positive public exposure and education in the field of trail use, planning, design, implementation, or policies.
Outstanding Trail Sharing Award: The award recognizes innovative and successful trail sharing efforts, programs, and systems.
Partnership Award: The partnership must have benefited agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation, and positive public exposure for trails. Partnerships can be among organizations, agencies, corporations, or public and private interests.
Planning/Design Award: For project that demonstrates outstanding planning, design, and implementation, including successful aspects such as challenges solved, public participation, sustainability, economic benefits, and benefits to the local community are encouraged.
State-of-the-Art Technology Award: The award recognizes a trails-related product, process, or service that has significantly met a need, addressed an issue, or increased efficiency in trail design, development, or maintenance.
Trails and the Arts Award: Recognizing outstanding public art projects, interpretive signs, or other creative structures associated with trail related improvements.
Trails for Health Award: Recognizing a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.
Trails Public Service Award: The nominee must work for an agency at the federal, state, or local level and must have demonstrated significant and consistent support of trail planning, design, or implementation through strong leadership and/or legislative efforts.
Trails Advocacy Award: Nominee must have demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance on the local, state, or national level.
Trails Worker Award: Nominee must be a private or public sector individual who has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance on the local, state, or national level.
INTERNATIONAL AWARD CATEGORIES:
International Partnership Award: The award recognizes an outstanding partnership – outside of the United States – that enhances the trails movement within a specific country or countries. The partnership can be between private organizations, public agencies, or public and private interests. The partnership must have contributed toward positive public exposure for the field of trail planning, design, or implementation.
International Planning/Design Award: The award recognizes an outstanding trail, greenway, or blueway – outside the United States – that demonstrates outstanding design, challenges solved, public participation, sustainability, economic impacts, promotion, eco-tourism, and benefits to the local and global community.
International Kids and Trails Award: This award honors efforts – that occurred outside the United States – to engage children and youth in outdoor experiences using trails, such as creative interpretive, educational, and/or recreational design components, along with innovative programs that stimulate children's imagination and promote their interest in and appreciation for the natural environment while developing healthy lifestyles.