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« on: August 11, 2011, 03:51:39 am »

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Thursday, August 11 2011 @ 02:49 AM MDT
State seeks volunteers for two trails advisory committees

Thursday, August 11 2011 @ 12:24 AM MDT

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Montana State Parks, a division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, announced today it is seeking diversified trail users to serve on two different trails advisory committees.

The Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee advises the agency on the annual OHV Trails Program funds and trail-related concerns.

The State Trails Advisory Committee advises the agency on the disbursement of federal Recreational Trails Program grant funds, discusses recreational trails issues and provides recommendations and solutions regarding trail-related concerns. The funding is granted primarily to local Montana communities and organizations involved with trail improvement and maintenance efforts statewide.

Montana State Parks is seeking two new Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee members for three-year terms and four new State Trails Advisory Committee members for three-year terms.

"In both cases, we are seeking new committee members with broad recreational trail backgrounds to ensure that the interests represented by the committee members are balanced and include a range of perspectives," said Beth Shumate, Montana State Parks' Trails Coordinator.

Volunteers serve three-year terms and 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 10 committee members; the Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Committee is made up of five members. All new committee members are appointed by the State Parks Administrator.

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., September 2, 2011.

To apply to either committee, send a letter or email that includes the following:

Your name, address, telephone number and E-mail address if available.
* A description of the types of trail activities in which you participate and how often, keeping in mind that Montana State Parks is seeking individuals with a broad recreational trail background.
* Your involvement with trail projects and programs.
* The names of trail organizations to which you belong.
* Other talents and experience you would bring to the committee.
* Your philosophy and perspectives regarding recreational trails use.
* Specify which committee you would like to serve on.

Applications may be mailed to: Trails Advisory Committees, Montana State Parks, Recreation Bureau, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 or send email to: bshumate@mt.gov. If you have questions, contact Beth Shumate at 406-444-4585, or email bshumate@mt.gov.

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