Very few people can say they have been with the same organization for 20 years but Angela Emery sure can. June 1st marks Angela’s 20th year as the Executive Director of the Platte River Trails Trust (PRTT) and if you’ve ever had the chance to visit with her about what she does, it’s clear she still has the same enthusiasm and drive that brought her to PRTT in the first place.
Since taking the lead in June of 1999, Angela has directed PRTT’s conservation and trail development efforts along the North Platte River. PRTT’s official mission is to develop a river pathway while preserving the scenic, natural and historic value of the North Platte River, and to assist with the development of a network of trails that contribute to our community’s non-motorized transportation options, economic vitality and quality of life.
While the citizen-lead organization has constructed over 10 miles of river trail, a Trails Center, 3 miles of rail trail, new trails on Casper Mountain Road and Robertson Road and spearheaded clean-up, preservation and development of the North Platte River, one of the accomplishments Angela is most proud of is working daily with an amazing volunteer Board and dedicated City staff to expand and enhance the community trail network.
“The work our organization has done to expand our trails, host events and offer classes to our community along the trail has really helped to bring people down to the river and make it what it is today—gorgeous, free flowing and accessible,” says Angela.
The mission of PRTT isn’t just a professional passion of Angela’s, it’s a personal one too. As an avid runner, she and her family, including her two standard poodles, Chloe and Isabelle, are frequent trail users. She believes whole-heartedly in promoting the importance of the North Platte River and providing a safe, accessible trail system throughout Casper for all to enjoy.
In a recent interview with Rails to Trails magazine, Angela was asked, ‘As the Casper trail system continues to grow, what are your hopes for its future?’ When describing their plans to connect the Casper Rail Trail and the Platte River Trail to neighborhoods, she stated, “my hope is that we’ll continue expanding. There’s no limit to what we can do to make walking, biking and being out in nature safe and accessible for all.” With an attitude like that, there’s no doubt that with Angela leading the charge, great things are ahead for PRTT.