Meet trail owner David Brickley
David Brickley purchased the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail in 2006, having recognized its unique history and natural beauty and wanting to protect the corridor as a greenway for generations to come.
Brickley has a long track record of advocating for trails, parks, and open space. Under his leadership as director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation from 1998 to 2002, the state was awarded the national gold medal award for “best managed state park system in America.” Brickley served as an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1976 to 1998. He was the legislative sponsor, co-founder and chairman of the Virginia Railway Express, Virginia’s commuter rail system, and authored legislation creating Leesylvania State Park.
In 2001, days after the September 11th attacks on the United States, Brickley was chairing a Mid-Atlantic Governors Conference on Greenways, Blueways, and Green Infrastructure. As the conference was concluding, he proposed the vision of a multi-use trail connecting the three September 11th crash sites. That vision has become the 1,300-mile September 11th National Memorial Trail, with Brickley as its founder and president emeritus.
Brickley's service on numerous conservation and trail organizations includes serving as a trustee and chair of the Virginia State Committe for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy named Brickley as a top 25 Rail-Trail Champions.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and George Mason University School of Law, Brickley served in the United States Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. He later served as the desk officer for the Arabian Peninsula with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
When not advocating for trails or practicing law, Brickley is an avid hiker and national speaker on trail and conservation issues. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Woodbridge, Virginia, and have three children and four grandchildren.