William P. Niedringhaus was the first to envision the Fairfax Cross County Trail (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/cct/). He led several Cross-County Hikes from Lorton to Great Falls in 1998-2001 to promote the idea. The trail officially opened in 2007. Bill won an Elie Doyle award in 2001 for Cross-County Trail advocacy and shared one in 2007 with five others (including PHTA board member Robin Rentsch). He is currently president of the PHTA and Fairfax Trails and Streams. Bill designs, builds and maintains many miles of trails.
I have been an outdoor enthusiast for the last few decades and back in 2009, left an 18 year career in Information Technology so I could go hug trees and eventually become a park ranger. I suppose that I just got tired of sitting in a cubicle, staring at a computer screen, regardless of how much I got paid to do it.
Currently, I'm the Web Master for the Potomac Heritage Trail Association and work as a Senior Park Ranger for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority at Algonkian Regional Park.
My avatar for this blog is my dog Samwise who unfortunately had to be put down a while back due to cancer. He was my ever present hiking buddy and is greatly missed.
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Karen L Jones has been a trail activist for over 20 years. She is Loudoun County Board member for PHTA and Vice President of Great Falls Trailblazers, which will receive an Elly Doyle award in 2013. Her interest in tralis began with her riding her horse, Sadiqi Dancer, in and around the Great Falls area. Sadiqi was her trail buddy exploring and blazing many miles of trails. Sadiqi had to be put down about 5 years ago at the ripe old age of 31. But her interest in trails is ever present so that future generations can enjoy these trail experiences. Karen designs, builds and maintains many miles of trails and is a tireless advocate for multi use trails.