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Montana State Parks Seeks Diversified Trail Users
To Serve On Citizen Advisory Committees

-Applications due by Monday, December 15, 2014-

(Helena, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking diversified trail users to serve on three separate citizens advisory committees. Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 15, 2014.

Montana State Parks is seeking two new Snowmobile Advisory Committee members, three new State Trails Advisory Committee members, and two new Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee members. All committee positions will serve three-year terms. The terms will begin January 1, 2015.

The Snowmobile Advisory Committee (SAC) advises the agency on the distribution of approximately $430,000 in annual Snowmobile Program grooming funds and other snowmobile related issues. The State Trails Advisory Committee (STAC) advises the agency on the expenditure of about $1.5 million of federal Recreational Trails Program funds annually on both motorized and non-motorized projects, and provides recommendations regarding statewide trail-related issues. The Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee advises the agency on the distribution of approximately $150,000 in annual OHV grant funds and various motorized trail-related issues.

“In all cases, we are seeking citizen committee members with broad recreational trail backgrounds to ensure that the interests represented by the committees are balanced and include a range of perspectives,” said Tom Reilly, Montana State Parks Assistant Administrator.

Committee members will serve three-year terms and typically meet for one day, two to three times per year. Members are reimbursed for travel expenses. The State Trails Advisory Committee is made up of 8-10 committee members; the Snowmobile Advisory Committee and Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee are comprised of 5 members each.

To apply for consideration for any of these committees, send a letter or email of interest that includes the following:

1) Your name, address, telephone number and email address (if applicable).
2) A description of the types of trail activities in which you participate and how often, keeping in mind that we are seeking individuals with broad recreational trail backgrounds and interests.
3) Your involvement with trail projects and programs.
4) The names of any trail organizations to which you belong.
5) Other talents and experience you would bring to the committee.
6) Your philosophy and perspectives regarding recreational trails use.
7) Specify which committee you would like to serve on.

Applications may be mailed to: Trails Advisory Committees, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 or send email to: bshumate@mt.gov. Applications must be received by Monday, December 15, 2014. If you have questions, contact Beth Shumate at 406-444-4585, or email bshumate@mt.gov or Seth McArthur at 406-444-3753 or email smcarthur@mt.gov.

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