I can't find information on how the 7 members of the State Parks Board are selected or how long their terms are.
In the original legislation that created the State Parks, the board had to consist of two members representing the cattle and grazing industry, one member employed professionally in the field of parks and recreation, the State Land Commissioner, and three "at large" members. These are not elected positions with any accountability to the citizenry--they are ALL appointed by the governor.
What I can't find is if a new governor can replace the entire board or if board members are appointed for designated time periods, and therefore members may have no particular allegiance to the current administration.
I did learn that the board members are not compensated for their positions except for travel reimbursements, so the cost savings by eliminating the board would be minimal.
But the mission and purpose of the State Parks will not change. The language simply changes from "The State Parks Board
shall..." to "The State Parks Director
shall..." all the following text remains the same.
With regards to hiking trails and the AZT which was specifically mentioned, I was unsure why this would be an issue outside of the boundaries of State Parks themselves. I did not realize that there is an Arizona State Committee on Trails
https://azstateparks.com/arizona-state- ... ails-ascot
As far as I can tell, the proposed legislation does not affect the trails committee. These 14 members hold quarterly meetings and encourage public participation. I'd like to know if there is any proposal to eliminate this committee or if the State Parks Director in the absence of a Board will be able to unilaterally get rid of the committee in the future.
If not, public representation and interaction regarding trails will remain largely unchanged through ASCOT.