Meet INHF's 2019 Mark C. Ackelson Fellow

By Rowan McMullen Cheng on July 1, 2019 in Blog


Luke Bowers

INHF is excited to welcome Luke Bowers as the new Mark C. Ackelson Fellow. As the Ackelson Fellow, Bowers will advocate for and promote trails to build a stronger trail network and community across Iowa.

“I would like to see all Iowans have better access to outdoor recreation opportunities through our trail network since everyone deserves a place in the outdoors,” said Bowers. “I’m looking forward to working with policymakers and community leaders to engage all Iowans in trails.”

Bowers grew up in Zearing and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in marketing, most recently working in the solar industry. Bowers found his love of the outdoors exploring Minerva Creek and the Praeri Rail Trail in Story County.

“Luke’s passion for the outdoors, his creativity and engaging personality make him a terrific fit for this opportunity,” said INHF Trails and Greenways Director Andrea Boulton. “We have seen a growing demand for these quality of life amenities as communities and counties work to diversify their economic opportunities. This fellowship will help us identify and compile the information we need so we can share it with decision-makers, and help us match leadership support with community need.”

In his free time, Bowers enjoys cycling and any activities involving his adopted Siberian Huskies, including dogsledding. Bowers also enjoys coaching a Kiwanis Miracle League team and volunteering with the Iowa DNR as a trail ambassador.