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Past Trail Award Winners

By Justin Culpepper

2019 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the year - James Hodges

  • Organization of the year (tie--see below)

    • Backcountry Horsemen of America - Buffalo River Chapter​

    • David's Trail Foundation​​​​​​

  • Professional of the year - Joe Jacobs

  • Trails Volunteer of the year - Dirk Merle

By Bryan Keller

2018 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the year - Al Gathright

  • Organization of the year (tie--see below)

    • North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists

    • Ozark Highlands Trail Association

  • Professional of the year - Jean Wallace

  • Trails Volunteer of the year - Cowper Chadbourn

Fog in the Valley:

Looking from Yellow Rock

Devils Den AR

By Barbara Whitla

2017 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – John Ruskey

  • Organization of the Year – Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

  • Professional of the Year – Tom Ledbetter

  • Volunteer of the Year – Ron Mayfield

Dupree Lake

Debbie Doss

2016 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Bo Lea

  • Organization of the Year – Walton Family Foundation

  • Professional of the Year – Jay Swafford

  • Volunteer of the Year – Wayne Fulmer

Blanchard Springs

By Marty Smith

2015 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Robert Cavanaugh

  • Organization of the Year – Friends of the Syllamo

  • Professional of the Year – Ronald Norris

  • Volunteer of the Year – Debbie Doss

2014 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Jerry Sheilds

  • Professional of the Year – Chris Ham

  • Volunteer of the Year – Basil Hicks, Jr.

2013 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Bert Turner

  • Professional of the Year – Kirsten Bartlow

  • Volunteer for the Year – Bill Mooney​​

2012 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Noah Grady

  • Professional of the Year – Bryan Kellar

  • Volunteer for the Year – Roy Stovall

2011 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Loretta Melancon

  • Professional of the Year – Tom Breashears

  • Volunteer for the Year – Steve Sampers 

2010 Trail Awards

  • Advocate of the Year – Dwan Garrison

  • Professional of the Year – Tom Ledbetter

  • Volunteer for the Year –  Bill Toland

 2009 Trail Awards (NO RECORDS)

2008 Trail Awards

  • Professional of the Year – Sarah Jones and Jim Langford

  • Volunteer for the Year – Glenn Wortham

2007 Trail Awards

  • Professional of the Year – Robin Vaughn

  • Volunteer for the Year – Jerry Shields

2004 Trail Awards

  • Professional of the Year - Tom Ferguson (USFS)

  • Trail Volunteer of the Year – Jim Gifford

2003 Trail Awards

  • Trail Volunteer of the Year – Mike Kelsey

2002 Trail Awards

  • Trail Volunteer of the Year – Ben Glazer

2001 Trail Awards

  • Trail Volunteer of the Year – Trudy Kincade

2000 Trail Awards

  • Trail Volunteer of the Year – David Renko