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In remembrance of the people who have made a contribution to our country's legacy of trails, greenways, and open spaces. See the alphabetical list below of people honored in this area of the American Trails website; or scroll down to see photos and links to articles. The most recent entries are at the top; older ones further down the page.
In remembrance of the advocates for trails and a better America
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Joe Shoemaker is well known to Colorado parks and trails supporters. Before it was in vogue, Joe was one of the prime movers and initiators of what has now become a worldwide movement of planning and developing urban trails and greenway systems.
Hulet was a long-time American Trails board member. He created his legacy through trails during 20 years of land acquisition for the East Bay Regional Park District. His intellect, kindness, public sense of stewardship and humor was an inspiration to us all!
Mark E. Hufeisen
Mark’s expertise on a wide range of subjects from construction to trail development to horse training will leave a very tangible legacy. He took a fledging rail-to-trails project, New River Trail State Park, and made it one of Virginia’s most visited and most supported state parks.
Since 2005 The Tennessee Conservationist magazine featured Fran Wallas’ “Great Hikes in Tennessee State Parks” in each bi-monthly issue. An avid hiker, she achieved Great Smoky Mountains 900 Miler Club status.
Jon McBride founded the National Smokejumper Association’s Trails Program. Under McBride’s leadership during the past 10 years, former and current smokejumpers rehabilitated well over a thousand miles of trails for the Forest Service and the National Park Service.
Art worked out the plan in the early 1970’s for the Ouachita Trail. He helped with the first phases of construction while working with the Ouachita National Forest. In 1979 he moved to California as Public Information Officer and later the Big Tree Coordinator for that state.
Merle planned and helped develop greenways and trails in Atlanta, GA and on the Island of Kauai as well as many projects in Colorado communities. He played a key role in Denver's South Platte River Greenway.
Austin E. Helmers
After 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Austin's second career was his passion for hiking and making sure Alaskan trails rights of way were not lost. The first Mat-Su public trails plan to serve many users was put together due to his field research.
Dale was known as the "Father of the Arizona Trail" and guiding spirit for the Arizona Trail Association. Dale had a vision of a continuous path across Arizona, and in 1985 he undertook a journey on foot across the state.
George was an avid equestrian and advocate for the preservation of public open space and trails. His work in the 1940's in Contra Costa County, CA became the model for the California State Ridiing and Hiking Trails Plan and later led to California State trails acts in 1945 and again in 1974.
Jessica had been the state trail coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in New Mexico, and held the same position in Missouri. She was proud of being selected to participate in the American Frontiers Expedition team.
Lu Schrader founded the the West Virginia Trails Coalition and was a key player in the first WV Statewide Trail Plan. Lu was also the driving force behind the creation of the Trace Fork Canyon Trail near Charleston.
Mr. O'Neill, who was put in charge of the 75,500-acre recreation area in 1986, was one of the longest tenured superintendents in the National Park Service and perhaps the most influential.
A Missouri trail advocate, John Roth was a volunteer with the US Forest Service for several years. He is best known for his tremendous work on the the planning and development of the Ozark Trail.
In 2006 Bill received the Lifetime Service Award from American Trails. He conducted a never-ending crusade for safer trails, bicycling, and bicycling facilities until he was tragically killed when hit from behind by a motor vehicle June 24, 2005 while riding his bicycle across the country.
Tammy worked for the Town of Silverthorne, CO for 14 years, a treasured and respected member of the Town’s management team and in the trails community in Colorado. Tammy left a lasting legacy in the parks, trails and open space features that she created during her tenure.
As the National Park Service's Recreation Resources division chief and later Assistant Director for Recreation and Conservation, Bill played multiple roles in building the trails movement nationally. He was a river enthusiast and enjoyed canoeing on the Potomac and C&O canal near his home.
Dale Harvey Lloyd was the husband of Kay Lloyd, who served as American Trails Chair for several years. Dale, like Kay, was an avid snowmobiler and advocate for trails of all kinds.