James R. Wolf

Title: Association Executive
Company: Continental Divide Trail Society
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

James Wolf, Association Executive of the Continental Divide Trail Society, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in federal, legal and organization executive.

While Mr. Wolf is proud of the work he has contributed as an attorney with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and as an executive with the Atomic Energy Law Research Project, he feels the highlight of his career has been founding and directing the Continental Divide Trail Society. Mr. Wolf formed the organization in 1978 to support the improve the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail- which includes 3,000 miles through the Rocky Mountains extending from Canada to Mexico. Under Mr. Wolf’s direction, he has mapped out and authored trail guides for hikers and worked on planning and developing its ‘silent trail’ experience. Interestingly, Mr. Wolf did not grow up interested in the outdoors, he was more fascinated with cartography and eventually found his calling to working on the Continental Divide Trail.

Prior to his life’s calling, Mr. Wolf earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1952, and a JD from the institution’s law school in 1956. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Austria from 1952 to 1953 and recognized in the Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1953. Furthermore, he served in the US Navy in 1952, and the Naval Reserves from 1948 to 1966. Mr. Wolf is sometimes referred to as the “Father of the Continental Divide Trail,” and is known for testifying in support of designation of the trail at the oversight hearings on the National Trails System Act of 1968 before the House Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with the Partnership for the National Trails System, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Western Environmental Law Center and a number of other professional organizations.

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Continental Divide Trail Society

Guide to the Continental Divide Trail: Southern Colorado

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