Trails board, subsistence council seeking new members

Have an idea? Take a seat

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2007

Are you a skier that would like to see improvements made to one of your favorite trails, or perhaps a snowmachiner that would like to have better signage at four-way intersections? Do you believe you have a solution to some of the controversies surrounding fishing and hunting regulations?

Well, if you answered yes to any of the above questions than now's your opportunity to put your money where your mouth is, because two outdoor-related boards are currently looking for contributing members.

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is inviting interested parties to apply for three vacant seats for the nine-member Outdoor Recreation and Trails Advisory Board (ORTAB).

"We are currently accepting letters of interest and resumes from applicants that wish to represent the Northwest Region of Alaska, the greater Kenai-Prince William Sound-Valdez region, and persons with disabilities," said Bill Luck, state trails coordinator.

Duties include assisting state parks by providing input on evaluating grant proposals for the Recreational Trail Program grant funds, Land and Water Conservation Fund grants and addressing various other subjects from time to time, including proposals for State Parks land acquisitions.

"We're seeking membership interest from individuals with special knowledge, experience, and interest in outdoor recreation and grant-funded programs," Luck said.

"People interested in being considered for appointment on the ORTAB should submit a letter of interest that describes their professional background and recreational interests, including the recreational user groups they would represent, for example: biking, ATV, snowmobile, etc.," Luck said.

A current resume is also required.

"We hope to select individuals that are representative of the regional character, and physical aptitudes of the areas and user groups mentioned," he said.

Once appointed, positions last for a term of three years, and the ORTAB typically meets three times a year.

"Our next meeting is in February and we have 25 grant applications that we'll be reviewing and making recommendations on for grant approval, so interested people should respond as soon as possible," Luck said.

Letters of interest and resumes can be sent to Bill Luck by e-mail at Bill.Luck@alaska.gov, or by fax to (907) 269-8907. For additional information regarding ORTAB, Luck can be reached by phone at (907) 269-8699. Also, additional information on the Recreation Trails Grant Program can be found at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/grants/trails.htm.

The ORTAB isn't the only organization with vacancies. The Federal Subsistence Council is also looking for new members.

"We have 36 seats open statewide, which is roughly a third of the total (109) seats," said Ann Wilkinson, council coordinator division chief.

Of these openings, the Southcentral Alaska Council has 13 members, and is currently looking to fill at least four, but potentially five vacant seats.

"We're looking for residents of the region with good knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources; subsistence uses, customs and traditions; and knowledge of the region's sport, commercial and other uses," Wilkinson said.

"They also need to exhibit leadership skills, good communications skills, and they should have experience with local and regional organizations, Wilkinson added.

Applications can be obtained on the Federal Subsistence Management Program Web site at http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html or by calling (907) 786-3676.

Completed applications can be sent to Ann Wilkinson, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, AK. 99503. They can also be faxed to (907) 786-3898, but Wilkinson said "A hard copy should also be sent later."

The application deadline in Jan. 11, 2008.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.



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