The Citizens Advisory Boards around the state play a crucial role in the operation and oversight of our state parks, providing input and feedback to the superintendents for the various regions, representing all parks users.
*I would like to invite you to consider joining the CAB for the Northern Region of Alaska State Parks*, which includes the Chena River State Recreation Area. Two of the hiking, paddling, and cycling members–including me–are due to be term limited off the board, and the CAB really needs representation from these groups.
The board is an interesting way to get involved with state parks, getting to learn about a lot of the behind-the-scenes operations and to provide direct input on how the parks are run. Meetings are four times a year, with none during the summer, although very occasionally there is a special meeting on a schedule convenient to most board members. Usually they are an hour and a half at most.
The current superintendent, Ian Thomas, and the board are working on how to make the board most effective for the northern region. So it’s a great time to have a lot of impact on state parks and shape their future.
The next meeting is Thursday, January 5, at 5:30pm in the large conference room in the Fairbanks DNR building near Airport and University in Fairbanks. You’re welcome to join us to see what the CAB is all about. And feel free to contact me about any questions you have. I’d be happy to chat with you as well, or I can put you in touch with other members of the board.
Thanks for considering this! The CAB really needs hikers, paddlers, cyclists, and other non-motorized parks users!