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Awards

OCTA’s Frank Tortorich accepts the Friend of the Trail Award on behalf of John and Patty Brissenden, who own Sorenson’s Resort in Hope Valley, CA.

Bruce Watson of Aurora, CO -Elaine McNabney Distinguished Volunteer Award

Cecilia Bell for Jim Renn. The BLM and its former district manager Jim Renn were cited for their support of Trail Turtles from the Southern Nevada Chapter and work on the Southern Emigrant/Butterfield Trail. He furnished maps and even went on trips with the Trail Turtles.

Dee Owens of Placerville, CA -Elaine McNabney Distinguished Volunteer Award

Certificate of Appreciation to Lake Tahoe convention chair Dick Waugh of Oroville, CA

An OCTA Certificate of Appreciation was presented posthumously to Bob Pearce and accepted by his daughter Jan Petersen, left, and widow Pat Pearce, right.

Jerry Eichhorst for Doug Jensen. Certificate of Appreciation to Doug Jensen, of Idaho Falls, who passed away earlier this year just before he completed his second three-term on the Board.

Jessica Drummond of LIberty Utilities. Liberty Utilities was recognized for the care it took in protecting a portion of the trail through the Carson River Canyon during a power line pole repair project. The utility consulted with OCTA on each step of the project, going so far as to not use heavy equipment in replacing the poles and allowing OCTA representatives to observe and advise as the work progressed.

Overland Journal Editor Marlene Smith-Baranzini and OCTA Publications Chair Bill Hill accepted the Merrill J. Mattes Award for outstanding writing in the OJ on behalf of Randy Brown, who was unable to attend the Tahoe Convention. He was recognized for his article “Nebraska, June 1852: Death and Coincidence on the Trail, The Fate of John Hollman and Charles Stull,which appeared in the Fall, 2014, issue.

Ross Marshall presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Partnership for the National Trails System to Dave Welch in recognition of his long support for the work of the organization.

Outstanding Educator Award Audrey Elder of Sibley, MO & Gene Matteucci of South Lake Tahoe, CA

Penny Mulder, daughter of Al Mulder, for Al Mulder - Franzwa Meritorious Achievement Award

Ross Marshall presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Partnership for the National Trails System to Roger Blair in recognition of his long support for the work of the organization.

The Eldorado National Forest was recognized for its long-time support of the Carson River Route, including helping secure designation as a National Recreational Trail and National Historic Registrar. In addition, Forest Archaeologist Katy Parr helped trail members of the CA-NV chapter as part of the Passport In Time trail location and preservation project.

T. Michael Smith of Salt Lake City - Dave Welch Preservation Award for 2015