Pine, Colorado – The Co-Chair of CDTA’s Honorary Board of Directors was recently recognized at the Annual Conservation Community Award Banquet celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

The Natural Resources Council of America (NRCA) bestowed its annual Public Service Award to Stephen Fausel, founder of the Fausel Foundation and co-founder of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, for his dedication to building partnerships among government, non-profit, business and
public partners on conservation of America’s public lands.

“Steve represents the ideal model of citizen-activist who invests his time, and his personal resources, to the cause of conservation without hesitation,” said Jeffrey T. Olson, president of NRCA. “His leadership of many conservation causes has produced a remarkable record of success,” added Olson.

As Chairman of the Fausel Companies, Stephen Fausel has a deep commitment to the environment and conservation of natural resources. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Nation Forest Foundation, Chairman of the Environmental Conservancy Group, co-founder of American Wetlands and founding board member, Honorary Chairman and National Spokesperson of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance.

Tom Melady, former ambassador to the Vatican and senior diplomat in residence at The Institute of World Politics, accepted the award on Fausel’s behalf.

The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.

Since 1995, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance has played a central role toward the completion, management and protection of the Trail and it is the voice for unity in the diverse story of the Trail.

For more information about the Continental Divide Trail, call (303) 838-3760 or toll-free 1-888-909-CDTA (2382). Or visit