Arizona State Parks Seeks Advisory Group Members

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The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and nonmotorized recreation and historic preservation enthusiasts from all Arizona counties to serve in an advisory capacity. The term will begin on Jan. 1, 2009.

Currently, there are 12 openings for four advisory boards including the Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT), the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC), the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG), and the Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC).

The Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) represents nonmotorized trail interests and serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission and the Parks Board.

The overall mission of the Arizona Trails Program is to promote, develop and preserve nonmotorized trail opportunities throughout the state.

The Parks Board appoints members to three-year terms.

The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Parks Board representing historic preservation interests throughout the state. The Parks Board appoints members to three-year terms.

The Off-Highway Advisory Group (OHVAG) serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona State Parks Board representing statewide off-highway vehicle opportunities and developing education programs that promote resource protection, social responsibility and interagency cooperation.

The Parks Board appoints members to three-year terms.

The Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC) advises the Parks Board on the expenditure of Arizona Heritage Fund monies earmarked by law for the acquisition, maintenance and operation of state natural areas.

Membership in this advisory committee is limited to scientists with experience in botany, ecology, hydrology, zoology, wildlife biology; or experience in the conservation and/or preserve management fields.

The deadline for submitting an application for any of the listed advisory committees is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26.

The application is an electronic form and individual information can be typed in, printed out, and sent to: Advisory Committee Coordinator, Arizona State Parks, 1300 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007.

More information about each of the committees visit www.azstateparks.com or call 602-542-4174. For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the Web site at www.azstateparks.com.

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