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Ketchikan State Parks citizen advisory board recruits new members

Posted: January 13, 2012 - 1:02am

KETCHIKAN – Applications are now being accepted for volunteer positions on the Ketchikan State Parks Citizen Advisory Board.

The board advises state park staff on a variety of issues effecting the management of state parks in the Ketchikan area. The board also promotes the protection of the resources in the park areas and sites including scenery, vegetation, wildlife, waters, historic and cultural features, wilderness character and outdoor recreational opportunities in Totem Bight State Historical Park, Settler’s Cove State Recreation Site, Refuge Cove State Recreation Site, Grindall Island Public Use Cabin-State Marine Park, Black Sands Beach and Blank Islands State Marine Park and other state marine parks in the Ketchikan Area.

The board is comprised of nine members selected to represent the broad spectrum of public interests involved with or affected by the area parks. The nomination process is designed to ensure that no single viewpoint dominates the board. In addition, the bylaws call upon each board member to represent the broad public interest rather than advocate on behalf of one specific group.

Monthly meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May beginning at 5 p.m. at Ketchikan Public Utilities conference room on Tongass Ave. Members of the board are expected to occasionally serve on board-appointed committees, in addition to attending the monthly board meetings. Committee meetings are scheduled by the committee chairs and vary in frequency depending upon project needs and deadlines.

Board members serve for three years and terms are staggered. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27. For more information or to obtain an application, call District Park Ranger Mary Kowalczyk at 247-8574 or email: mary.kowalczyk@alaska.gov. Application forms are also available on line at www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/advisboardapp.pdf.

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