Chugach State Park Citizen Advisory Board
Advisory Board Statement of Purpose
The purposes for which this Board is organized are as follows:
To provide a forum for the collection and expression of opinions and
To promote protection of the natural and cultural features of State parks
To promote communication among the general public, other government
To inquire into matters of community interest relating to State parks and
To appear and testify at public and legislative hearings as representatives
To make recommendations to the Director of the Division of Parks and
promoting the protection and enhancement of the State's historic
promoting the interpretation and public presentation of the natural
increasing public awareness of human impacts on parks,
promoting orderly and consistent planning development and
identifying diverse public recreation uses,
mitigating conflicts among user groups.
Chugach Advisory Board Members:
TERMS EXPIRE 12/31/14
Deb has lived in Alaska since 1985. She works full time as an educator, specializing in outdoor safety, risk management, wilderness medicine and accident investigation.
Judy Caminer - Chair
Judy (Gottlieb) Caminer has lived in Anchorage since 1976. Her career in the Department of Interior included 15 years at the National Park Service. She lives near 2 entrances to Chugach State Park and often enjoys the scenery, walking, biking and skiing. Judy is interested in trails, education efforts and fish and wildlife conservation.
Pete Panarese - Vice Chair
Retired Alaska State Park employee, Deputy Director/Chief, Field Operations 1990 - 2004, resident of Eagle River since 1976, member of Eagle River Nature Center and MCA frequent park user".
Robin has lived in Anchorage for 15 of the last 20 years. Her work has included environmental education, outdoor education, natural history interpretation, urban ecology, sustainability, park management, wildlife conservation and currently the ocean sciences. She is a member of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol and enjoys skiing, hiking and observing nature. Her favorite spots include Flattop in winter and Near Point in summer.
Mark has been an avid user of Chugach State Park since 1981, when he visited Alaska and forgot to leave. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, boating and hiking in the Park and is known for his ability to consistently misidentify plants and birds. Mark’s special interest is water quality, following a long career in that field that included responsibility for monitoring Anchorage’s drinking water sources originating in the Park.
TERM EXPIRES 12/31/2015
Alaska resident and Chugach State Park user since 1999. Park uses include backpacking, mountain biking, running races, ice & rock climbing, glacier travel, nordic and AT skiing, hunting and fishing. Favorite area is N Fork Ship Creek/Bird Pass. Key interest is improving Park access.
A resident of Alaska since 1987, Anita has spent the majority of her career working as a writer, editor, and public affairs specialist for various nonprofits as well as corporate entities. Her work and board positions have focused on stakeholder and community relations as well as managing volunteers and philanthropic endeavors.
An Alaska resident since 1985, Anchorage area homeowner since 2000, Darcy is a frequent user of Chugach State Park. While her year-round passion is primarily biking in the park, she also enjoys hiking and snowshoeing during winter months. Key interests include trail creation and preservation along with multi-user group access to the park.
TERM EXPIRES 12/31/2016
A 24-year resident of Anchorage including the past 20 years in Turnagain Arm. Works as a wetland biologist and environmental consultant, MS in Botany. He lives and owns property adjacent to the Park, and drives the Seward Highway through the Park to Anchorage often. Interests include seeing improved access to the Park while balancing adjacent private landowner concerns and the expansion of access in the Park for all users through improved trails, roads, parking lots, and huts/public use cabins. In addition, the planning efforts for changes to the Seward Highway through the Park must be watched carefully to ensure a reasonable balance of safety improvement and impacts to the Park, and there is compensation for the impacts.
Certified wildlife biologist. Former Anchorage-area wildlife manager for Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Enjoys hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and wildlife watching. Lived in Alaska since 1971. Interests include maintaining natural biological diversity of Chugach State Park, including robust populations of moose, bears, wolves, wolverines, and lynx
Jake has recreated in the Chugach State Park since 1987 and he continues to enjoy a wide variety of recreational interests there. He has an extensive background in outdoor recreation management and currently serves as the Southern Alaska Safety Manager for the Bureau of Land Management.