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Trail Stewardship Award

Michael Creasey, Trish Compton, Peter Davenport, Aiden Frietz Trek 2013

Call For Nominations: Annette C. Compton Fiertz Trail Stewardship Award

Submissions can be sent to Mackenzie Harrington at
mackenzie_harrington@partner.nps.gov and must be received no later than May 2,2014.

The Woodstock Trails Partnership seeks nominations for the 2014 Annette C. Compton Fiertz Trail Stewardship Award. The award was created in honor of the dedicated work of Annette Compton Fiertz (1959-2012) and her efforts in trail stewardship and community engagement for the Woodstock Trails Partnership.

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals, organization or businesses that advance the Woodstock Trails Partnership goals of trail stewardship, outreach and education, and volunteerism and partnership development to support and enhance the Woodstock trail network.

Annette was a leader in the founding of the Woodstock Trails Partnership. She was the force behind the conception and development of the Walk Woodstock map, which highlights the 30 miles of trails that connect the Woodstock Village to Billings Park and Mount Peg, the National Park, King Farm, the AppalachianTrail and other protected lands. She also crafted complementary trail kiosks that welcome visitors at the trails heads for Mount Peg, Faulkner and the Appalachian Trail.

Annette was a champion for community use and enjoyment of trails for health and wellness, and the promotion of Woodstock as a world-class walking and hiking destination for tourism. Her vision was instrumental in the development of Trek to Taste, an event held on National Trails Day with over 30 community partners that celebrates the trails and heart-healthy local food. She also promoted the trails with her passion in art, often bringing groups out to vistas and overlooks to appreciate their beauty and experience plein air painting.

Nominations for the Annette C. Compton Fiertz Trail Stewardship Award are open to all individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed to the stewardship of trails in the Woodstock trails network and advanced the goals of the Woodstock Trails Partnership. The winner will be recognized at the annual Trek to Taste event on June 7 with a framed print of one of Annette's original watercolor paintings of the overlook of Mount Tom.

To submit a nomination, send in your name and contact information, the name and contact information of the person, organization or business you wish to nominate, and a statement of why you feel they should be nominated (500 words max). Submissions can be sent to Mackenzie Harrington at mackenzie_harrington@partner.nps.gov and must be received no later than May 2,2014.

Contact: Christina Marts (802) 457-3368 x31

Did You Know?

Autumn leaves, lit by the sun, carpet an uphill stretch of a carriage road. NPS Photo.

45 miles of carriage roads, an early 20th century gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., weave around the granite mountains and valleys of Acadia NP. 14 miles of carriage roads, built in the 1880s by Frederick Billings, traverse the gentle slopes and historic woodlands of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.