Carolyn Kane is recognized in Washington, D.C. for her service in promoting and developing rails-to-trails systems throughout West Michigan. (supplied photo)
based on a news article in the Ionia County Sentinel-Standard
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy honored Carolyn Kane as one of 25 people across the United States with a special passion for trails.
Kane began her involvement with the Friends of the Heartland Trail in 1994. Serving on the board, the group has since created 37.5 miles of rail trail from Ionia to Greenville. They had to raise $2.3 million dollars to succeed in this endeavor.
Next, Kane went to work with the West Michigan Trails and Greenway Coalition, and is currently working on connecting 125 miles of trails that goes through six counties to make the fifth largest rail trail in the nation.
She commented, “They said what I had done was very unusual from all the other people. I have done so many things; I did the banking, worked on maintenance, I covered the whole gamut for what it takes to build a trail, and I thought that was really nice of them to tell me that and point that out. Whether it was administration work for trail building, fundraising, maintenance, I was there, and had been supportive for a long time as a volunteer."
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