Our Annual Awards for Trail Service-2012

October 24, 2012
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Our Annual Awards for Trail Service-2012


Each year, we honor outstanding trail volunteers and partners with awards. We list our honorees for 2012 here. Please click on the links to learn more and about and see a photo of each of our honorees.


William Hoeferlin Award: Recognizes Trail Conference volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary service to trail maintenance, management, and/or trail land protection. This year, we recognize four outstanding volunteers with the Hoeferlin Award.

  • Stephen Zubarik, of Tomkins Cove, NY, chief of our West Hudson South chainsaw crew. Read more about Steve's contributions.

  • Christopher Ezzo, of Long Beach, NY, chief of our West Hudson Trail South Crew since 2002. Read more about Chris's trails service.

  • Dave Webber, of Poughkeepsie, NY, trail supervisor at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County and all-around trails volunteer. Learn more about Dave.

  • Brian Sniatkowski, Kinnelon, NJ, maintainer of the Hoeferlin Memorial Trail in Ramapo Mountain State Forest since 1994) and trail supervisor of Ramapo Mountain State Forest for over 10 years. Read more about Brian.


Leo Rothschild Conservation Award: Presented to a person or organization that has made a significant contribution to the protection of our trails and/or the natural lands that surround them.

  • Basha Kill Area Association. For 40 years, the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA) has been steadfast in protecting the natural resources and scenic viewsheds along the Shawangunk Ridge. Learn more about the BKAA.


Ken Lloyd Award: Recognizes members of Trail Conference member clubs or member clubs, who have demonstrated exemplary service to trail maintenance, management, and/or trail land protection.

  • Robert Fuller, Old Bridge, NJ. West of Hudson Trail Supervisor for the Appalachian Mountain Club-New York/North Jersey chapter for the past seven years, Bob Fuller has been a key liaison between the Trail Conference and our biggest member club. Read more about Bob.

  • Wappinger Greenway Trail Committee. For more than a dozen years, the leaders of this local committee have demonstrated exceptional dedication to creating a 10-mile marked walking route that links natural, historic, industrial, and business districts in the Town of Wappinger, Village of Wappingers Falls, and the Town of Poughkeepsie in New York’s Dutchess County. Read more about the Wappinger Greenway Trail Committee.

  • Mark Traver, Schoharie, NY, Long Path North Hiking Club. Since 2003, Mark has been club co-trail chair and maintainer (Long Path, East Windham to Mohawk Canal). He leads many hikes for his club and, as of January 1, 2012, has served as club president. Learn more about Mark.


Paul Leikin Extra Mile Award: Recognizes those volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to projects such as a book, map or advocacy.

Three members of the Appalachian Trail Great Swamp Boardwalk construction team--Robert Haas, Steve Klauck, and Frank Dogil—made a combined 200+ trips over 2 1/2 years to the Pawling project site and contributed more than 1,500 hours of engineering, craftsmanship, and manual skills and labor to build the impressive 1,600-foot crossing of the Great Swamp.






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