In Rachid's defence, he said (paraphrased): He believed that Mark would go down in history as having made a similar contribution to Todd (I.E. Not a comparison of their current bodies of work) based on his measure of both of their passions for trail building on the Shore.
Additionally, a number of Digger's recent projects have been, at least partially, funded either through TAP or other grants. That funding doesn't come close to covering the huge amount of hours he has put in (and continues to put into) the shore, but it is not accurate to refer to all his efforts as "volunteer."
That isn't to take anything away from Digger's huge -- and largely voluntary -- contribution to trails on the Shore, but to highlight the other side of your point, which is Mark's compensation.
It is true that Mark is a paid, full time, employee of the NSMBA; however, it is also true that between his various duties and all the trail building projects he is working on he volunteers a great deal of time in addition to the hours he is paid for.
That isn't a defense in any way of the claims Lee has brought forward, and I have certainly had disputes/disagreements with Mark, But whichever side of the Passion vs. Polarizing fence you are sitting on I don't think it is fair to criticize Mark Wood for anything without also giving him his due for all the great projects he has been instrumental in accomplishing.
Dear DrewM, and nathanjessup@gmail, my comment intended to voice that that both have or will leave their mark on the North Shore.
Undeniably Digger is a legend, a man of vision and dedication. I respect and admire him dearly. I am in awe of his accomplishments and of his achievements.
As for Mark W., he came up with the concept of the Trail Adoption Plan, he had this great idea of, on a large scale, leveraging volunteer effort and corporate participation on the shore. The program, as such, has done and continues to accomplish the gargantuan task of revitalizing the shore by allowing the NSMBA, through its members and supporters, to perform more work than it could have otherwise under the earlier model of public trail days. It is thanks to all of our builders, our sponsors [HTML_REMOVED] their staff, the public, the active land managers, and the effort of countless volunteers than we have been able to accomplish so much over the past few years. Mark has managed the relationships with the TAP sponsors, with the land managers, as well as with the builders on the ground. If for no other reason than TAP, Mark will be remembered, in my opinion - he also puts in a ton of trail building hours - many of which on a volunteer, unpaid basis.
My original comment was not to compare the two in work performed to date, it was the bring into focus that Mark has done a great deal of good for the shore - a sentiment that even his staunchest critic will concede.
This is not to say that other builders have not done great things. It was a singular comment to create parallel.
As for the Pt.4 thread, Vince, and I thought that it was no longer serving the purpose that I intended for it to serve. So, I took it down. I appreciate all of the comments, PMs, emails and phone calls from various board users regarding the thread, and I felt that there is a need to take the discussion out of the public domain. With that, I welcome any comment or question regarding my actions to be sent to email@example.com
As for recognition DrewM, if I am not remembered as a rambling fool, everything will not have been in vain.
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