Like McDowell, he became so enthusiastic about the TRT that he now devotes many volunteer hours to the project, and he's in his second year as president of the TRTF Board.
Managing the TRTF office and steering the organization's daily activity is executive director Vicki Raucci Gonzales, who formerly served with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and has an extensive background in environmental planning and outdoor recreation management.
He now works full time on the TRT project, serving as crew leader, an area coordinator for construction, a TRTF board member, and a trails committee member.
In its early stages, the TRTF was taken under the wing of the Appalachian Trail Club, but it never really needed the level of assistance that the Club has provided to other trail-building groups, according to Gonzales.
Other TRTF accomplishments include a combase database for membership and volunteer records, a TRT Volunteer Handbook with detailed job descriptions and duties for committee chairs and volunteers, a 24-hour Trail Builder's Hotline with recorded information on work party times and locations, and several hundred thousand dollars raised through member dues, individual and corporate donations, memorials, sales of TRT souvenirs, and an "Adopt-a-construction-mile" program.
The partnership has also produced an excellent trail construction guide through the efforts of Forest Service landscape architect Frank Magary and the TRTF Trail Committee.