Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Martin Stahl has always had a fascination with the outdoors and spent most of his time outside. The influence and appeal of the outdoors is reflected in both his work and interests throughout his life.
During four years with the Alaska State Parks, Martin mapped the locations and conditions on over 700 miles of trails throughout the state. With this work and the information that is collected, trails have been improved through federal funding, quality maps are now available to the public and park managers can make better decisions through the planning process.
During the Iraq conflict, Martin enlisted as an infantryman to continue a tradition carried on by his family members serving this country. After four years of experiencing the world only seen through the eyes of the Airborne, he was ready for his next challenge of higher education.
With the support of the Pat Tillman Foundation and honor of being named a Tillman Military Scholar, Martin has transferred to the University of Arizona to continue his education in the mapping sciences. By earning a Bachelor’s degree, he will continue his work to improve public recreation through the challenging and beneficial field of surveying and mapping.