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The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail (FBVT) is a non-profit charitable corporation guided by the following mission:

“To advocate, promote and encourage the development and successful operation of the Betsie Valley Trail in partnership with the Betsie Valley Trail Management Council.”

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail Board welcomes questions, comments or suggestions from Trail users. Our current Board membership is as follows:

2021-2022 Board Members

Jed Maker

Tom Jackson

Beth Roethler

Fred Stransky

Jed Maker, President (262) 492-5169
Tom Jackson, Vice President (616) 874-7143
Doug Cook, Treasurer (not pictured) (231) 930-8722
Avace Wildie, Secretary & Volunteer Coordinator
Kris Welty, Secretary (not pictured)
Beth Roethler
Fred Stransky
Charlie Gregory, Trail Care Coordinator
Hunter Steinkamp
Chris Remy

To contact one of the foregoing by email, click on the person’s name. Here are some possible areas of inquiry:

Welcome our NEW Board Members!

Charlie Gregory

Avace Wildie

Hunter Steinkamp

Chris Remy

  • To subscribe to our e-newsletter or to make a general inquiry email us at info@betsievalleytrail.org
  • For information about trail rules, conditions (trees down, water damage, etc) or other trail problems (perceived dangers, rule breakers, vandalism, etc), contact our Trail Care Coordinator Charlie Gregory.
  • For information about how to volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Avace Wildie.
  • Please direct media inquires, picture submissions, story ideas, etc. to Public Relations Manager Jim Gribble (231) 227-1164
  • To become a member or make a donation, visit our Donation page and follow the easy instructions.
  • Contact our Treasurer, Doug Cook (231) 930-8722 about planned giving or donating to the Wm R Olsen Endowment Foundation.
  • Contact our President, Jed Maker about any other trail or FBVT questions or concerns or if no response from the others.

The Trail is owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is operated and maintained by Benzie County. The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail (FBVT) is a Michigan not for profit corporation formed in 1993 “to advocate, promote and encourage the development and successful operation of a recreational trail on the former Ann Arbor Railroad corridor in Benzie County.” FBVT is a benevolent friend of the trail. It supports the efforts of the DNR and County and intends to see that the trail is maintained and enjoyed.