From staff reports
William Moore, Ph.D. of Leeper was the recipient of this year’s “James E. Holden Greenways Volunteer of the Year” award.
The “James E. Holden Greenways Volunteer of the Year” award goes to a nominee who provided significant uncompensated hours and expertise to assist the Council on Greenway Trails and/or its member organizations during the prior five years.
This multiple purpose non-motorized trail utilizes a former rail bed stretching from Marianne on State Route 322 northeast on 12 paved miles to the village of Leeper and very soon will add another eight paved miles to continue beyond Vowinckel to link with a trail into Forest County.
Moore’s specific contributions include the following, often reflecting his engineering and governmental consulting career: designed a flood control project at trailhead; overseeing drainage issues on the trail as needed; successfully wrote and Rail 66 received at least four major public and private grants for trail building, maintenance equipment and construction services; set up rapid response system for volunteers to respond to fallen trees and other trail projects; operation of heavy equipment machinery; recruitment of volunteers; project management; and pitching in with shovel or saw as needed.