2018 Trails Award Nominations

The Washington State Trails Coalition is excited to continue its Washington State Trails Awards Program. These biennial awards recognize the efforts and achievements of exceptional individuals, organizations, and land managers who are working to make the trails of Washington State the nation’s best.  There are four award categories (see more below):  Lifetime Service, Trail Leader, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Trail.

Winners will be presented at the 12th biennial Trails Conference Reception, Numerica Performing Arts Center, Wenatchee, WA on October 26, 2018.

Important application information:

  • For the Trail Leader Award and Emerging Leader Award, nominations must be for performance within the period January 2016 through August 31, 2018 and the written narrative must clearly indicate dates of performance.
  • Nominations must be received by WSTC by September 15, 2018.
  • One award category per nomination and only one nomination per submission.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • The WSTC Board of Directors shall have sole authority in determination of award recipients.


Complete the 2018 Nomination Form .

  1. Include a Microsoft Word file, 750 word maximum with no graphics, which clearly presents the exceptional values of the individual or organization for which the nomination is submitted. This narrative should align with the criteria for the appropriate category.
  2. Provide two or three high resolution digital photos directly related to the award category and suitable for enlargement (1MB or higher each, 300 dpi minimum).
  3. Submit your nomination with all materials electronically to proposals@washingtonstatetrailscoalition.org, only one nomination per email. If you wish to submit more than one nomination please send each in separate emails. If materials exceed 10MB provide a link for downloading the files as larger emails may be rejected by servers.


Lifetime Service Award: This award will honor an individual who has demonstrated longstanding and exceptional service to the trails of Washington State and their users. Areas of impact could include advocacy, planning, community engagement,  construction, maintenance, and education.

Trail Leader Award: Honors an individual, organization, or land manager that has had the most significant, positive, contribution to any aspect of Washington trails over the past two years.

Emerging Leader Award: This award honors an emerging leader who has distinguished themselves with a significant, positive contribution to any aspect of Washington trails over the last two years. Special consideration will be given for exceptional community service with a direct and specific benefit to youth outdoor recreation, fostering youth stewardship, or the use of trails by youth. Nominations will be considered for individuals who were under 30 years of age at the time of the contribution and for programs/organizations that are primarily composed of, or led by, youth or adults under age 30.

Outstanding Trail Award: The award recognizes a trail project which has demonstrated at least some of the following during the past five years: exceptional planning, design, and implementation, public participation, creative funding, verified economic impact, outstanding user experience, and benefit to the local community. Applications will be accepted from any individual, organization, or government entity involved with, or directly impacted by, the trail.

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