Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

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Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by tibber » Feb 05 2019 9:00 am

I think we need to have a topic for fellow HAZers that get awards via the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

At the Feb 2019 ATA Annual Meeting (celebrating the 25th of this event); a few HAZers got Volunteer Awards for 2018 including:
Roger Smith @scatdaddy
and Sandy Fortner @sandyfortner
and Donovan Wood @TheMazzicMan
(the Mazzie trio)

In 2018, for 2017 Richard @mazatzal got a Volunteer Award.

I don't remember if there were other HAZers that got Volunteer Awards but it would be nice to have them mentioned in this thread. Roger was instrumental in re-vitalizing two springs: Chilson and Hopi I think it was. He is a steward for AZT #23a (Mt Peeley).
Donovan is also up in the Mazzies and had quite a work event with goats and such. He is also a steward on Mazzies section AZT #23c North Peak.
Sandy is here and there volunteering at work events and she tries to take care of people who post on the AZT forum here. This year she is also a co-steward on the Mazzies section AZT #23b Mazatzal Peak.

And of course, our own Shawn Redfield @sredfield is the Trail Director (a full-time volunteer) since 2011 and a 2015 American Trails Award winner and 2016 Cox Conserves Award winner. He has also finished the Arizona Trail back in 2010 I think.
Wendy Lotze @writelots is now the full-time Volunteer Coordinator for the AZT.
Ambika Balasubramaniyan @desertgirl is an elected board member.

What these people do for the betterment of this trail is a worthy cause and legacy. Anytime you want to come on board, please check out https://aztrail.org/. There are lots of great projects coming up per the Annual Report which is a great read: https://aztrail.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... Report.pdf (it's under the "The ATA" menu and "Annual Reports and Strategic Plan" and includes the 2019 Priority Projects.)

Thank you,
Angela
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.

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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by sandyfortner » Feb 05 2019 9:52 pm

Nice! Thank you for posting!
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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by Shinesparker » Feb 06 2019 4:44 am

@tibber
Their work is very appreciated. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by TheMazzicMan » Feb 06 2019 7:15 am

@tibber Thank you for the shout out! Of course, it should be noted that you are quite an asset to the trail as well!
Donovan Wood
Steward, Arizona Trail Passage 23c (Mazatzal Divide Tr, Barnhardt to Red Hills)

...he's got the Mazzic hands...

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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by tibber » Feb 06 2019 12:45 pm

@TheMazzicMan
why thank you, so nice of you to say. I help when I can.

Let me add by showing everyone some of the projects coming up. You can go to the ATA Work Event Calendar https://aztrail.org/events/calendar/ to see if and when any of these are scheduled:
1. Canelo Hills Singletrack - Passages 2-3
Coronado National Forest
Construct 4.6 miles of singletrack to replace dirt
roads, arroyos and unsustainable trail.
2. Rainwater Collector - Passage 17
Tonto National Forest
Fabricate and install a rainwater catchment system
along one of the driest segments of the AZT.
3. Happy Jack Singletrack - Passage 28
Coconino National Forest
Continue trail construction, installation of gates
and signs, and trailhead development in support
of this 18-mile endeavor to replace dirt roads with
singletrack.
4. Babbitt Ranch Singletrack - Passage 35
Babbitt Ranches & Coconino County
Construct 13 miles of trail to replace dirt roads on
the CO Bar Ranch.
5. Oak Tree Canyon Trailhead - Passage 6
Coronado National Forest
Develop a trailhead at Oak Tree Canyon to provide
better access to the Arizona Trail near Sonoita.
6. Pipeline Singletrack - Passage 15
BLM, Pinal County, Arizona State Land
Complete construction of 3.6 miles of trail to remove
the AZT from powerline and gasline roads.
7. Alder Ridge Re-Route - Passage 25
Tonto National Forest
Develop final route for NEPA analysis to support
singletrack construction in the Mazatzal Wilderness
to remove the AZT from a powerline road near the
town of Pine.
8. Kaibab Re-Route - Passages 36-37
Kaibab National Forest
Develop route to remove the AZT from dirt roads
and build singletrack between Watson Tank and
Tusayan.
9. Harshaw Road Trail - Passage 3
Santa Cruz County
Help build a 3-mile trail to get the AZT off Harshaw
Road between Harshaw Road Trailhead and the
town of Patagonia.
10. Temporal Gulch Re-Route - Passage 4
Coronado National Forest
Coordinate the NEPA effort to support realignment
of the AZT along Passage 4, which will allow 18
miles of singletrack construction from Red Bank Well
to Tunnel Spring to replace paved and dirt roads.
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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by Merianne » Feb 16 2019 3:13 pm

@tibber
Great post Tibber. I had the privilege of meeting both Roger and Sandy this summer on section 17, "Revenge of the Cat Claw" hosted by Wendy Lotz, and they infected me with the volunteer bug. Talk about volunteer trail maintenance enthusiasts. I had such a good time that doing trail work with them that I agreed to co-sponsor with Sandy section 23B, sandwiched between the previously mentioned sponsors. That said, Sandy, with Roger's assistance just posted a new volunteer opportunity from April 5th to the 8th on our section 23B. Please check out the opportunity on the AZT Vol website.

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Re: Arizona Trail - AWARDS and recognition

Post by tibber » Feb 18 2019 1:29 pm

Wendy sent me the link to the Volunteer and Partner Awards page that goes back to 2016. Here you can also see pictures of our previous HAZ winners. https://aztrail.org/the-ata/volunteer-a ... er-awards/ It also includes some of the forest rangers that have been of great help as well as Business Partners.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.

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