Arizona State Parks is Accepting Applications for Advisory Committee Members; Deadline is August 30

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Phoenix- The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and non-motorized recreation enthusiasts and scientists from throughout Arizona to serve as volunteer advisors. The deadline for submitting an application for any of the listed advisory committees is 5 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013.

Currently, there are 10 openings for three advisory boards including the Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT), the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG), and the Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC). The Arizona State Parks Board will make appointments for these openings in November 2013. Applications for all committees are available for download at

The Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) represents non-motorized trail interests and serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC) and the Arizona State Parks Board. The overall mission of the Arizona Trails Program is to promote, develop, and preserve non-motorized trail opportunities throughout the state. The Arizona State Parks Board appoints members to three-year terms and there are five openings on ASCOT.

The Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG) serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona State Parks Board representing statewide off-highway vehicle opportunities and developing education programs that promote resource protection, social responsibility and interagency cooperation. The Arizona State Parks Board appoints members to three-year terms and there are four openings on OHVAG.

The Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC) advises the Arizona State Parks Board on acquisition lands with natural values, and on the maintenance and operation of state natural areas. The one opening on NAPAC will be filled with applicants who have experience in botany, ecology, hydrology, zoology, wildlife biology; or experience in the conservation and/or preserve management fields. The Arizona State Parks Board appoints members to NAPAC for three-year terms.

To apply, download an application at or call Doris Pulsifer, Chief of Resources and Public Programs, at (602) 542-7127. Arizona State Parks is governed by the Arizona State Parks Board and receives direction and oversight from several advisory committees and groups. More information about each committee’s membership, mission, meetings and agendas can be found at

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703), visit the website and online camping reservations at, Twitter/Facebook AZStateParks.

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