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Recruits sought for Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board

(Anchorage, AK) - The Chugach State Park Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 15-member board.

The role of the advisory board is to advise the Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation on matters involving Chugach State Park, to promote protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and to facilitate communication between the public and the park managers. The board meets on a monthly basis and each member is expected to serve on two committees.

Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered so that seats open each year. Applicants will be considered for the term beginning in January 2013. 

The deadline to submit a board member application is Nov. 8. An application form may be obtained at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/chugachstateprkappv6.pdf.

Board members represent a broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by Chugach State Park. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the board’s bylaws call upon each member to represent the broad public interest, consistent with park purposes, rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

The time commitment for board members is roughly eight hours per month.  Board meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, starting at 6 p.m. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending on project needs and deadlines. Current committees include: Access, Budget, Nominations, Trails, Planning, Seward Highway Design and Wildlife.

If you have any questions, please call 907-345-5014 and ask to speak with Chugach State Park Superintendent Tom Harrison.

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