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Grand Lake mayor named to National Park System Advisory Board

Tonya BinaSky-Hi Daily NewsGrand County, CO Colorado

Judy Burke takes the oath of office Monday night.

GRAND LAKE – Mayor Judy Burke has been selected to join a national committee, appointed by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The National Park System Advisory Board, first authorized in 1935, is made up of 12 members that represent a cross-section of the nation.Burke, who was on a list of candidates forwarded from Rocky Mountain National Park officials, is the sole representative of local government on the newly appointed board. “I think it’s a very big honor, a good recognition of Judy’s long-term commitment to the Park,” said Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker.During her leadership in Grand Lake, Burke has been a supporter of Rocky Mountain National Park wilderness designation and met Salazar in Washington, D.C., this year during the bill signing and again in Estes Park upon celebration of the designation.”I’m very honored to have been appointed by Secretary Salazar,” Burke said. “The national parks have always been a special love to me, and I want to help do what it takes to improve them.”The board may meet from four to six times per year, often in the setting of the nation’s treasured parks, according to National Park Service spokesperson David Barna.Past boards have recommended greater engagement of Parks in their natural heritage and protection, a more active role in climate change issues and greater efforts in education to attract a more diverse range of visitors. “The mission of the National Park Service is more vital than ever as we work to fulfill the promise of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative,” said Secretary Salazar. “The issues we face today, such as the economy, climate change, connecting Americans to the great outdoors, obesity and the loss of cultural literacy are all areas that the board can help us address.”Members of the board are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior for terms not to exceed four years. The new appointees are:• Hon. Judy Burke, Mayor of Grand Lake• Paul Bardacke, Senior Partner, Sutin, Thayer & Browne, PC, Santa Fe, N.M.• Leonore Blitz, President, Leonore Blitz Consultants, Ltd., Washington, D.C.• Prof. Linda Bilmes, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.• Milton Chen, PhD, Executive Director, The George Lucas Foundation, Nicasio, Calif.• Rita Colwell, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.• Belinda Faustinos, Executive Officer, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountain Conservancy, Azusa, Calif.• Carolyn Finney, PhD, Assistant Professor, University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, Calif.• Ronald James, Nevada State Historic Preservation Officer, Carson City, Nev.• Hon. Tony Knowles, Former Governor of Alaska, Anchorage, AlaskaGretchen Long, Board Member, World Resources Institute, Wilson, Wyo.• Margaret Wheatley, EdD, Board President, Emeritus, The Berkana Institute, Provo, Utah

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