James King appointed head of state parks department

Trail Mix executive director to manage 121 state parks

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

Trail Mix Executive Director James King is leaving Juneau for Anchorage and a new job as director of the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

He will be responsible for managing the 121 state parks and working with state park advisory boards, the agency announced Thursday.

"I am extremely pleased to have James King join us as head of Alaska State Parks," Department of Natural Resources commissioner Tom Irwin said in a press release.

"His experience working with the public, government, industry and non-profits to improve outdoor recreation opportunities in Alaska has prepared him well for the many challenges facing our park system, including increasing demand by park users, and millions of dollars in unfunded deferred maintenance needs."

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King begins his new job on June 1. Trail Mix, a non-profit Juneau trails advocacy group, is advertising for a new director at its Web site, www.juneautrails.org.

As the face of Trail Mix, King has been a highly visible advocate for Juneau trails. He's raised money, managed staff and volunteers, worked with the government to plan, build, design and maintain the trail system and spent much of the last year helping the city oversee the ongoing reconstruction of Perseverance Trail.

King is married with four children. He holds a bachelor's degree in recreation resource management and a master's degree in landscape architecture. He has designed roadside rest areas for North Carolina's state transportation department and served on the Juneau Area Wide Transportation Steering Committee.

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