Flagstaff Trails Initiative Board
FTI’s board serves one main purpose: to serve the trail community of Flagstaff. From those just starting their career in the outdoor world to those who have been living it their whole life, our board has experience to back their decision making. Through their knowledge, professional skills, receptiveness for community feedback, and passion for getting outside the board makes the decisions that progress Flagstaff’s trails from Good to Extraordinary.
Matt came to Flagstaff in 2004 to volunteer on a trail crew and loved the region so much that he relocated from the UK to develop a career in trail design, nonprofit management and youth development. He is a professional trail builder and educator who owns Flagline Trails LLC. He spends most of time thinking about trails, designing trails, and shaping piles of dirt into attractive and fun shapes. If he is not working on trails, you can find him riding his bike on the many miles of magical singletrack around Flagstaff
Nat is a retired Lowell Observatory Astronomer, a 52 plus year resident, and a competitive trail runner holding numerous age group records. The natural environment has been his lifelong solace. He is honored to have some part in balancing the increasing recreational use of our forests, mountains and parks while sharing and preserving the sights, sounds and feel that only nature can provide. He was part of the group that protected, in perpetuity, Buffalo Park and another group that founded the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, FUTS. He served as Vice Mayor when the first FUTS link was constructed. Nat is currently president of the Flagstaff Library Foundation and current chair of the Coconino Community College governing board. Three children were born and raised in Flagstaff with his wife a retired school teacher Jean.
Debbie believes it is important for everyone to get outside and enjoy nature. The solitude when hiking in the mountains is good for the soul and getting outside with friends provides the best venue for communal relationships to strengthen. The benefits of hiking are limitless for both our physical health and mental health and she looks forward to using my background in ecology and education to progress Flagstaff’s outdoor recreation culture with sustainability in mind. One thing Debbie loves about living here is the fact that a great hiking trail in great condition with great weather is never more than a 45 minute drive away. No matter the time of year, she can find a place to get outside and breath the fresh Northern Arizona air.
Tod is a retired physician and avid mountain biker, dog walker, and is learning the ropes from friends to start up equestrian riding. As a multi-model trail user, Tod understands the concerns brought to FTI from all trail use backgrounds. He knows that all users of trails deserve the respect of those they are sharing the trail with and looks forward to helping the FTI board grow Flagstaff’s trail network in an inclusive manner.
Robert Wallace, the Open Space Specialist for the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, oversees the City’s Open Space Program. In his position he manages over 3,000 acres of designated open space: McMillan Mesa, Observatory Mesa, Picture Canyon, and Schultz Trailhead. His efforts involve developing policy, planning and implementing projects, securing sustainable funding, and working with partners to ensure the preservation of open space lands.
Before joining the City of Flagstaff, Robert served a Park Ranger with the National Park Service for over 15 years. He specialized in community outreach, education, resource monitoring and management, and park operations. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Field Biology from the University of Northern Colorado. He is invested in the preservation of healthy ecosystems for the benefit and enjoyment of all. He enjoys contributing efforts to improving the environment, health and well-being, and overall quality of life.
Brian moved to Flagstaff with his family in 2006. One of the main attractions to Flagstaff was its access to great outdoors and beautiful trails. Since he moved here, he has served as the Recreation Director for the City of Flagstaff and the Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation for Coconino County. At the county, he oversaw trails and open space programs and served as a founding member of the Flagstaff Trails initiative. His family is an avid trail user as we partake in mountain biking, hiking, dirt biking, geocaching, and equestrian activities. He is also the head coach for the Coconino High School Mountain Team, which allows Brian to engage and educate the future generation of trail users. FTI strives to educate, preserve, and create a sustainable trail system that serves Flagstaff, surrounding communities, and visitors. As a board member, Brian will have the opportunity to collaborate with other agencies, nonprofits, and concerned citizens to make the goals of FTI become a reality. He is honored to be on the board, and is looking forward to hard work and significant progress in the coming months and years.
Julie brings a passion for conservation, social justice, and education to the FTI board. As the Arizona Trail Association’s Youth Outreach Coordinator, Julie aims to empower the next generation of public land stewards. She is excited to give back to Flagstaff’s trails, where you can often find her leading groups of kids, approaching climbs, and mountain biking.
Justin moved to Flagstaff from Phoenix Arizona in 2009 and like most of us, fell in love with the city’s climate, history, culture, and easy outdoor access. His career in outdoor advocacy started when he was 24 years old when he became an Arizona Trail Steward of section 31a and Trail Angel. Throughout his 20’s, Justin spent most of his time backpacking the San Francisco Peaks in the winter and spring, learning trail building skills from the local experts, and leading volunteer events through his coordination job at an outdoor retailer in Flagstaff. Whether it is backpacking, mountaineering, dog walking, mountain biking, or riding his motorcycle on local forest roads, Justin has one goal in mind in assisting FTI, improving the trail system so that as many people as possible can enjoy the inspiration the outdoors provides.
Flagstaff Trails Initiative’s Committees
The Flagstaff Trails Initiative Advisory Committee is comprised of the original Core Team that guided the development of the Trails Strategy. This committee is comprised of representative of governments and NGOs that work to develop and maintain trails in the Flagstaff area.
Coconino National Forest
Coconino County Parks and Recreation
Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization
City of Flagstaff
Flagstaff Biking Organization
Coconino Trail Riders
R2R Hiking Club
American Conservation Experience
Financial Sustainability Committee
- Improve the financial sustainability of trail management
- Integrate trail planning and management with tourism and economic goals
- Robert Wallace
- Matt Roberts
Education and Outreach Committee
- Create a safe and fun experience for trail users
- Educate, inform and involve the community in trail stewardship
- Use trails to build the next generation of youth stewards
- Debbie McMahon
- Brian Grube
Conservation and Restoration Committee
- Balance trail development and management with community conservation and natural resource goals with an emphasis on restoration
- Ensure historic and prehistoric sites, including known American Indian sacred places and traditional cultural properties, are preserved and protected for their cultural importance
- Debbie McMahon
- Nat White