Lover of trails receives award |

Lover of trails receives award

Trails Coordinator Bill Haire has a passion for trails and has been building and maintaining earthen walking and biking paths for more than 30 years.

In May, Haire was awarded the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award at the 22nd California Trails and Greenways Conference, associated with the state park system.

Haire has served as Trails Coordinator with the Nevada County Land Trust since 2003. Before that he served as the district resource officer for what is now the Yuba River Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest from 1977 until his retirement in 2003.

During his time with the Forest Service, Haire managed more than 500 miles of trails.

Since his time with the Land Trust, Haire has helped establish 10 miles of public trails in neighborhoods like Alta Sierra, Banner Mountain and the subdivisions in and around Rattlesnake Road. He has also built a section of the Litton Trail near Sierra College, a connector trail from Empire Mine to Memorial Park, and is currently working on a six-mile connector trail between Brunswick and Memorial Park in Grass Valley.

“I think society benefits greatly from trails. It’s a chance to recreate, to get beyond the norm, to travel to a beautiful spot and get exercise. I think it’s really critical to have more opportunities to get out and walk or ride a bike,” Haire said.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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