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American Trails Executive Committee

John Favro, Chair, TrailsGuy, LLC Trails Consulting Jenny Rigby, Vice-Chair, The Acorn Group Marianne Fowler, 2nd Vice-Chair, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Terry Hanson, Treasurer, Terry Hanson Trails Consulting Amy Camp, Secretary, Community Tourism Professional Scott Linnenburger, Assistant Officer, Kay-Linn Enterprises Mike Passo, Executive Director


Jan Hancock, Equestrian Representative Terry Whaley, Ozark Greenways

Advisory Board

Steve Anderson, Pima County (AZ) Parks & Rec. Dept. Peter Axelson, Beneficial Designs, Inc. Roger Bell, Trails Consultant Nathan Caldwell, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service James Coffman, RLA, ASLA, Coffman Studio John R. Collins, Jr., PhD, University of North Texas Christopher Douwes, Rec. Trails Program Mgr., FHWA Troy Duffin, President, Alpine Trails, Inc. Steve Elkinton, Retired, National Park Service Mylon Filkins, DVM, Back Country Horsemen of America Chuck Flink, President/Owner, Greenways Inc. Erik Larsen, President, Rec-Creation, LLC Kay Lloyd, Past Chair, American Trails Board Stuart Macdonald, Nat’l Assn. State Trail Administrators Roger Moore, Associate Professor, NC State University Gil Penalosa, 8-80 Cities Deb Salt, Bureau of Land Management Rodger Schmitt, Retired, Bureau of Land Management Michael Schuett, Assistant Professor, Texas A & M Bob Searns, The Greenway Team, Inc. Jonathan Stephens, Trails Program Mgr., US Forest Service Joe Taylor, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Jim Wood, FL Department of Transportation

American Trails Magazine

American Trails Magazine (ISSN 1082-8303) is the maga- zine of American Trails, the nonprofit organization dedicat- ed to quality trails and greenways within 15 minutes of every American home, school, and workplace.

Editor: Stuart H. Macdonald

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4 FALL 2016

New Executive Director announced Mike Passo will lead American Trails


he board of American Trails is pleased to announce that, after a long and careful search, we have cho- sen Mike Passo as our new Executive Director.

Mike is eminently qualified for this position and we are excit- ed for him to begin in this new and challenging role. He is eager to follow in Pam Gluck’s footsteps, and continue American Trails’ strong working relationships with all of our members, partner agencies, and organizations. Mike comes from an extensive background in trails and is very familiar with American Trails from his recent years as a board member. He has conducted trainings and webinars on trail accessibility over the last 20 years. Many of you are familiar with Mike from his 10 years of working with the Professional TrailBuilders Association as their conference coordinator, work- shop organizer, and executive director. Mike has a BS in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, including three years course- work in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. Mike also brings many years of experience with water trails and paddling. He has led groups of all backgrounds on sea kayak expeditions in the Great Lakes region as well as the Northwest, and developed training on facilities and Universal Design for water trails. The American Trails Board and I look forward to working with Mike in the coming years. Mike will begin full time work with American Trails on January 1, 2017, and he will be available in a limited capacity throughout the rest of this year. Our first order of business will be reviewing and setting our

organization’s strategic direction. For that, we need your help. Over the next several months, Mike intends to reach out to all of our partners and members to engage the full spectrum of trails interests in helping to guide American Trails’ bright future. If you have ideas for Mike, the Board, or staff, please do not hesitate to contact Mike at Hope to see you at our International Trails Symposium in Dayton, Ohio in May!

—John Favro, Chair, American Trails Board Identification Statement

Publication's title and number: American Trails Magazine (ISSN 1082-8303) Issue date: November 30, 2016 Statement of frequency: Published three times a year Authorized organization's name, address, phone number: American Trails, P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797 Physical Address: 2400 Washington Ave., Suite 400 Redding, CA 96001 - Phone (530) 605-4395 Issue Number: Volume 45 Number 3 Subscription price: $30 per year or free with membership

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