AK: Snowtrac welcomes two new board members

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is pleased to
announce the appointment of two (2) new members to the Snowmobile
Trail Advisory Committee (SnowTRAC). On February 24th 2011,
SnowTRAC assembled to nominate John Scudder of Anchorage and Gary
Anderson of Ninilchik. Nominations were approved on March 4th 2011
by the Director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
(DPOR), Ben Ellis. Existing members, Cynthia Hite, Bill Luth and
Joe Gauna were also nominated and selected to serve second terms on
the committee.

The following is a list of current SnowTRAC members and their
general areas of representation:

• Mr. Mark Wilke Southeast Alaska (Chair)

• Mr. Joe Gauna Anchorage (Co-Chair)

• Mr. John Scudder Anchorage

• Mrs. Cynthia Hite Mat-Su/Copper River Basin

• Mr. Bill Luth Mat-Su/Copper River Basin

• Mr. Stephen Enochs Fairbanks

• Mr. Greg Shaffer Fairbanks

• Mr. Eric Morris Western/Rural Alaska

• Mr. Gary Anderson Kenai/Valdez/Prince William Sound Region

• Mr. Andy Morrison Inter-board Liaison (SnowTRAC and ORTAB)

SnowTRAC consists of ten members that are regionally selected
from areas across Alaska. The primary purpose of the group is to
advise the DPOR Director on funding for eligible grant projects and
grooming operations statewide that are funded through the
Snowmobile Trail Grant Program. The Snowmobile Trail Grant Program
is supported by a legislative authorization to receive funds from
snowmobile point-of-sale registration fees. These funds are used to
support snowmobile trail development and maintenance, as well as
snowmobile safety and education programs.

During the last meeting SnowTRAC also discussed updates to the
current year’s Snowmobile Trail Grant application. Modifications to
the application will be a strong focus for the Board over the
coming year. The current version can be found at the following
link: SnowTRAC. The application window for accepting snowmobile
trail grants and grooming requests will begin April 1, 2011 and
close July 1, 2011. Interested parties are encouraged to apply.

For questions or comments regarding SnowTRAC or the Snowmobile
Trails Grant Program, please contact the State Trails Coordinator,
Bill Luck at (907) 269-8699, or by e-mail at
Bill.Luck@alaska.gov.

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