Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail Operations, honored as Outstanding Trail Leader

Award presented by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cross Plains, Wisconsin – Director of Trail Operations for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, Tim Malzhan, was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Trail Leader Award by American Trails. The award was presented at the 23rd International Trails Symposium on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

American Trails honors the contributions of leaders who are working for the advancement of trails across the country and around the world. The Outstanding Trail Leader awards recognizes individuals who have made compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their home states— advocating, designing, building, maintaining, promoting, adapting technologies, and a myriad of activities.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail OperatiosTim Malzhan fell in love with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail during a thru-hike in 1991. Upon joining the Alliance in 2000, Malzhan’s passion for the Trail led him to create the successful Mobile Skills Crew (MSC) Program to support the building and maintaining of the Ice Age Trail. The first event of this model program was held in 2002. MSC harnesses the dedication of ordinary citizen volunteers, who are trained in advanced trail construction and crew leadership techniques. Malzhan also created the “trails notebook” series. These notebooks provide standards and give direction to the trailbuilding efforts of volunteers statewide.

As Pete Englund, Trail Crew Foreman for the Iowa DNR, who nominated Malzhan for the award, states, “Tim says that “trail building is people building.” He believes the work the volunteers do, not only touches them in profound ways, but also carries on to people who use the trail. His gratification for the volunteers he works with shows in everything he does. [Tim’s] dedication to the trails community shows through the stories and laughter around project campfires by those who have been touched by his work.”

American Trails presents the National & International Trails Awards Program to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails both nationally and internationally in both rural and urban settings.


The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer-and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. One of only 11 National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. Visit www.iceagetrail.org to learn more.

American Trails advances the development of diverse, high quality trails and greenways for the benefit of people and communities. Through collaboration, education, and communication, American Trails raises awareness of the value these trail systems offer. It is a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America’s network of interconnected trails. Visit www.americantrails.org to learn more.