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News.bytes Extra, issue 486

BLM Redding's Bill Kuntz a winner of 2011 Legends Award

Redding Field Office Recreation Planner Bill Kuntz has received national recognition for his outstanding work in recreational trail development in the Redding area.  The American Recreation Coalition presented Kuntz with a 2011 Legends Award during a ceremony held in Washington, DC on June 16 as part of Great Outdoors Week.  Kuntz was one of seven federal land managers from across the country to receive the award.  Kuntz was the BLM's sole award recipient.

The award recognizes those whose "extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources.

Bill Kuntz stands by the sign for the BLM Redding Field Office
Bill Kuntz

Kuntz was recognized for his work building  a coalition of community and federal partners to establish and expand the Sacramento River Rail Trail and expand the recreational trail network in the entire Redding region.   Over the past three years, BLM and its partners have constructed more than 130 miles of trails for walkers, runners, hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. They range from paved gentle paths to challenging single track bike trails and routes that connect BLM-managed public lands to trail networks in the city of Redding and the adjacent Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Riders wait on their bicycles at a trailhead
 bicyclists at the Sacramento River Rail Trail

Kuntz  has spent the last 12 years working on public/private partnership in the Redding area. He has been recognized by community organizations such as the Healthy Shasta Organization and the Shasta County Public Health Advisory Board for his efforts to improve the health of residents in Shasta County by promoting physical activity.  He has also received a planning design award from the American Public Works Associations for the Clear Creek Gorge Trailhead and Overlook project.

looking out over a creek running through a rocky gorge
An overlook onto Clear Creek at Seltzer Gorge.

Kuntz credits the BLM's partners -- the McConnell Foundation, City of Redding, Redding Foundation, and  Bureau of Reclamation -- for the success.  He said the organizations share a common desire to improve the quality of life for Redding area residents and provide recreation tourism opportunities.

Jeff Fontana, public affairs officer, BLM Northern California District, 6/22/11 

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Last updated: 06-23-2011