PUBLISHED: 4:04 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Trail Mix announces new executive director
Trail Mix, Inc. recently announced the selection of George Schaaf as the organization's new executive director. Trail Mix is a partnership of local volunteers and government agencies dedicated to improving and expanding Juneau's world-class trail system.

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.

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  The City and Borough of Juneau retained PND Engineers, Inc. to plan, permit, design, and prepare contract documents for replacing Harris Harbor, Juneau's oldest municipal harbor. Improvements included six new timber main floats with 174 stalls ranging in length from 26 feet to 60 feet. The floats are equipped with a frost proof domestic water system, dry standpipe fire suppression system, new power pedestals, pole and pedestal mounted lighting, and an ADA compliant covered aluminum gangway. Other design improvements include a sheet pile bulkhead with hydraulic crane, upland staging areas, repairs to an existing boat grid, ADA and public parking and site illumination.
"This is my dream job," Schaaf said. "Folks in Juneau are passionate about their trails, and Trail Mix has a tremendous reputation in the community. This organization has accomplished a lot in the last 10 years, and we're all incredibly excited about the future."

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.

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