August 31, 2011 Posted by khelgeson in Montana
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Members needed for state trails committees

Montana State Parks has asked for more participation

Weekly Wire Services

Montana State Parks, a division of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 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 p.m., Sept. 2. To apply to either committee, send a letter or email that includes the following:

Your name, address, telephone number and email address; a description of the trail activities in which you participate and how often; your involvement with trail projects and programs; the trail organizations to which you belong; other talents and experience you would bring to the committee; your philosophy and perspectives regarding recreational trails use; which committee you would like to serve on.

Mail applications to: Trails Advisory Committees, Montana State Parks, Recreation Bureau, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701 or bshumate@