Trail Talks are an opportunity to connect with other trail advocates and managers across the state and to learn from experiences in WV and beyond. These interactive meetings will feature presentations on relevant topics and provide an opportunity to connect with others in small groups.
About the Speakers
Amanda Pitzer is the Executive Director of Friends of the Cheat (FOC), West Virginia’s flagship watershed group. Since her tenure began in 2010, FOC has solidified its reputation as a leader in water quality protection and restoration. Once named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, the Cheat River now boasts healthy fisheries from its headwaters to its confluence with the Monongahela. Fueled by clean water and local enthusiasm, a recreation revival is underway as FOC leads both critical local support systems and regional strategies.
Amanda was named one of West Virginia’s 50 “Wonder Women” by WV Living Magazine and in 2020 she was honored with the National River Hero award. Amanda was appointed by the Governor to serve as one of West Virginia’s first Flatwater Trail Commissioners, and she is a Board member of the newly reinvigorated, statewide trail organization WV TRAIL.
John Burchett is Vice President and Projects Coordinator with Friends of the Tug Fork River, a nonprofit organization formed to preserve and protect the Tug Fork River and its watershed, raise awareness of its history, and develop recreation, tourism, and economic opportunities for our area. In 2021, the Bloody Mingo Tug Fork Water Trail became a designated West Virginia Flatwater Trail, the eighth river in the state to receive this designation.
Brewster Roads is the founder and chair of the Ohio River Paddlefest, an annual event in Cincinnati that benefits Adventure Crew, a non-profit that works 24 inner city high schools to get teens out into nature to paddle, bike, hike, camp, fish, climb and more. Now retired, Brewster spent his professional career in the political arena in Greater Cincinnati and served as the Executive Director of Green Umbrella, the non-profit that started Tri-State Trails. Brewster has served on the Ohio River Way Board for nearly 20 years and is the Co-Chair of the Ohio River Recreation Trail.
Related: Revisit the 2021 WV TRAIL Conference to learn more about the Coal River Trail and “Communicating Trail Impact” from Bill Currey (Coal River Group).