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Florida Trail Association Awards

The Florida Trail Association’s annual awards serve as a way to recognize members, volunteers, partners, and supporters for their incredible contributions to the organization and the trail. Every year, we ask our partners, members and volunteers to nominate people in the community for their exceptional contributions. Please take part in helping us recognize those who have played a vital role in supporting and furthering the mission of the FTA.


2020 FTA Awards Recipients
        


Award Categories

President’s Awards

The following awards are selected and presented at the FTA President’s discretion:

Cornelia Burge Volunteer Award

This award is presented at the FTA President’s discretion to an FTA member who has made extraordinary progress toward meeting the purposes and objectives of the FTA on a statewide basis. This award is considered the highest recognition for an FTA Member/Volunteer, and as such, this is limited to one recipient annually.

Cornelia Burge Volunteer Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented at the FTA President’s discretion to very select members who have demonstrated a lifetime dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of the FTA. This award will recognize those individuals who have significant efforts in all levels of the organization repeatedly throughout their years as a member of the FTA. This award is one of the most prestigious given by the FTA and as such, there will be very limited number of awards given out. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Champion of the Florida Trail Award

This award is presented at the FTA President’s discretion to public officials who have provided leadership in advocating on behalf of the Florida Trail, as well as landowners and agencies who have significantly contributed to the completion and protection of the Florida Trail.

Champion of the Trail Award Winners

Membership Awards

The following awards are selected by the Awards Committee from FTA member nominations:

John Weary Trail Worker Award

This award is presented to members who have made extraordinary efforts as trail maintainers in helping reach our organizational goal of a continuous trail across Florida, and those who have worked diligently in building and maintaining the side and loop trails of the Florida Trail System, and are excellent role models and examples for other volunteers. This award is considered the highest recognition for an FTA trail maintainer, and as such, there will be a very limited number of recipients annually. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

John Weary Trail Worker Award Winners

*Chapter Trail Maintainer of the Year Award

This award is presented to members who have made very significant efforts and accomplishments to ensure that the responsibilities for building and maintaining their portion of the Florida Trail and the side and loop trails of the Florida Trail System are met. This award is considered a high honor for the trail maintainer, and as such the award will be limited to at most one recipient per chapter per year. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

Special Service Award

This award is presented to members who have made significant contributions to the Florida Trail Association at a state or chapter level. Examples of significant contributions may include leadership, fundraising, recruitment, outreach, or other valuable volunteer services. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

Special Service Award Winners

Activity Leader Award

Presented to members who have made extraordinary efforts and are highly qualified as Activity Leaders or Activity Coordinators using activities as a means to introduce the public to the Florida Trail. The nominee should have a history of successful and innovative activity leadership, displaying a knowledge of the Activity Leader Guidelines, and possess skills such as first aid, map reading, and engage in environmental education including the knowledge of local flora & fauna, or culture and history. This award is considered a high honor for the Activity Leaders and Activity Coordinators, and as such, the award will be limited to at most one recipient per chapter per year. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

Activity Leader Award Winners

Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Award

This award is presented to members with twenty-five years of continuous membership to the FTA.

*Fifty-Year Anniversary Award

This award is presented to members with fifty years of continuous membership to the FTA.

 

Partnership Awards

Friend of the Florida Trail Association

Presented to non-members or organizations that have made significant contributions to the Florida Trail Association. This may be to a land owner or land manager who has been of noteworthy assistance, or to a monetary donor. The person may incidentally be a member of the FTA but the assistance was made “outside” the organization. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

Friend of the FTA Award Winners

Pathfinder Award

This award is presented to a member of the media (newspaper, magazine, television, radio) who has promoted the goals and objectives of the Florida Trail Association and has highlighted the health benefits of backpacking, hiking or walking. Nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee for consideration and approval.

Pathfinder Award Winners

 

Florida Trail Program Awards

Florida Trail Maintainer of the Year Award

This annual statewide award is presented to a member who has conducted outstanding volunteer service as measured by having the most FNST maintenance hours submitted and entered into the FTA hours reporting database within the year. This award is coordinated and presented by the Staff.

Florida Trail Admin of the Year Award

This annual statewide award is presented to a member who has conducted outstanding volunteer service as measured by having the most FTA administrative hours submitted and entered into the FTA hours reporting database within the year. This award is coordinated and presented by the Staff.

Florida Trail Partnership Group of the Year Award

This annual statewide award is presented to a partnership group who has conducted outstanding volunteer service as measured by having the most collective volunteer hours submitted and entered into the FTA hours reporting database within the year. This award is coordinated and presented by the Staff.