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Individual Service Recipients


Rose Smith

Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

Rose Smith's Master's Degree project, the Every Kid Outdoors Initiative, became a concurrent resolution in the State of Utah and corresponding Utah Children Outdoor Education Grant, a $100,000 grant program all to support youth recreating outdoors.


Hans Johnson

Minnesota Land Trust

With a lifetime commitment to supporting the outdoor recreation sector, Hansi Johnson evolved from selling "outdoor gear" to selling the core values of providing access to public lands and creating equitable opportunities to connect with the outdoors.


Shawn Lindsey

Spearhead Trails (aka Southwest Regional Recreation Authority)

As Executive Director of Spearhead Trails, Shawn Lindsey has added hundreds of miles of trail to the network in just three years, inspiring creative change and driving economic development in seven coalfield counties in Virginia.


Yu-Fai Leung

NC State University, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

Dr. Leung has contributed career-long support of outdoor recreation and protected areas management through research and teaching and working directly with park managers.