Schaaf brings to Trail Mix a diverse background in law, journalism, and outdoor recreation. As a trail crew leader for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, he supervised the construction and rehabilitation of alpine trails throughout the state. More recently, Schaaf worked for the Tongass National Forest as a wilderness ranger at Admiralty Island National Monument. Schaaf also has extensive land use law experience, and served as the executive director of a nonprofit organization serving more than 1,200 families on the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island.
Schaaf obtained two bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida before attending Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, Ore.
Trail Mix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to serve as a steward of Juneau's trail system and advocate for all trail users. Its members include many volunteers, as well as the City & Borough of Juneau, Alaska State Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service. Recent projects include the Rainforest Trail, Herbert Glacier Trail, and the Perseverance Trail.
Schaaf replaces James King, who was executive director for nearly 10 years. King was appointed Director of Alaska State Parks by Gov. Sarah Palin in June.
For more information, call 790-6406, or go online to www.juneautrails.org.