Las Vegas, Nevada…Suzanne Shelp, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) Trails Program Manager, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, received the 2013 American Trails “Trail Worker Award for Nevada” in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 16, 2013, at the American Trails International Trails Symposium.
Shelp was recognized for making outstanding contributions and providing consistent support for trail planning, development, and maintenance. This award recognizes Suzanne’s commitment and effort in working for enhanced trail recreation in Nevada.
Since becoming the Trails Program Manager in 2006, Shelp has designed and laid out approximately 35 miles of new trail. She has overseen the planning, design, and construction of new trails for Blue Tree Trail System, Lovell Canyon Trail System, the Telephone Canyon Trail System, and many other smaller scale-trail projects.
“Suzanne deserved this prestigious award,” said Carol Reott Hotchkiss, Recreation Planner and Acting Recreation Staff Officer on the NRA. “She works closely with the trails community in Las Vegas and has worked extensively with volunteers to build and maintain trails, including packing supplies in for remote trail crews,” said Hotchkiss. Shelp also teaches skills to agency personnel, volunteers, and partners and has created an impressive number of experienced trail workers.
She lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada, and enjoys trails in a variety of ways: horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, hiking, and trail running.
Shelp previously worked as a Wilderness and Trails Ranger on the NRA prior to serving in her present position. In that job, she worked with the Spring Mountains Youth Camp and local volunteers to maintain trails and provide information to the public.