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Mr. Willie Karidis

Route of the Badger, Project Manager

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


Willie’s extensive nonprofit career includes 16 years as executive director of the Denali Education Center in Denali National Park, and two years as chief operating officer of the Iditarod Trail Committee—which organizes the famous 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska. His love for Wisconsin brought him back to his childhood home and created the opportunity to work with RTC in 2017 as manager of the 500-mile-plus Route of the Badger trail network project. "Helping to build a legacy for the future of Wisconsin was an opportunity that I could not pass up,” says Willie. “The Route of the Badger will live on long after all of us, and it is a true privilege to work on a project that will eventually impact millions of people.”


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