Naomi Manders receives the MHC Pumphery Memorial Award

 

Potomac Hunt Club member Naomi Manders has long been known as a force with which to be reckoned in Montgomery County. From 1986 to 1992, as President of Potomac Bridle and Hiking Trails Association and Montgomery County Coordinator of TROT (Trail Riders of Today) Naomi successfully negotiated many public bridle path easements, putting together the Travilah Loop, a four-mile trail around Potomac composed of thirteen participating subdivisions linking stables and parklands to preserve an equestrian presence in suburbia. In fact, Naomi made such a pest of herself that Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning finally gave up and created a job for her in the Department of Park Planning and Development as a trail planner, where she was instrumental in setting up the Natural Surface Trails Program and helped to develop the trails in Rachael Carson Park, Muddy Branch Park, Schaefer Farm Park, and Northwest Branch. Since she has retired from MNCPPC, Naomi has helped to develop the trails for Dry Seneca Creek Trail and Breezy Loop Trail and has been a critical advocate for the recently approved development of the Seneca Greenway.