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Advisory Council for State Trails Program Needs Members

June 6, 2014, 5:34 PM HST
* Updated June 6, 5:35 PM
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The state is looking for Big Island residents interested in filling vacancies on the Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program Advisory Council on Hawaii Island.

The nine-member council has representatives from each of the following categories: Hawaiian culture, trail/mountain clubs, mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, hunters, fishers, environmentalists, landowners and trail/access advocates.

The advisory council advises the program on a variety of trail and access concerns by making recommendations on legal issues, communicating between government and community representatives and consulting with constituencies when needed.

The council currently has two empty seats, the ones representing Hawaiian cultural and fishing interests.

At the same time, the Department of Land and Natural Resources is also assembling a list of candidates for the other categories from applicants with appropriate backgrounds with an interest in representing their respected stakeholders.

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Application forms are available online at dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/nah. Applications should be mailed to: Na Ala Hele Program Manager, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 19 E. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720, attention Clement Chang.

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Applications will be reviewed by the DOFAW and members of the Council. Final selections will be made by the DLNR chairperson.

Applications must be received by July 6.

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