Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area seeks volunteers

By Real Aspen
March 7, 2011

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) has extended the deadline for nominations for their Citizen Task Force (CTF). Nominations will be accepted through March 18. The AHRA encourages all interested publics to apply if they fall within seven specific interest groups.

The Arkansas River

One delegate is needed to represent each of the following interest areas: 1) Anglers; 2) Commercial Permittees; 3) Environmental Interests; 4) Private Boaters; 5) Local Governments; 6) River Front Property Owners; and 7) Water User Interests. These are two-year terms from April 2011 until April 2013. Members are expected to attend five regular meetings each year, which are typically scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at predetermined dates and locations.

Self-nominations are accepted, but the AHRA encourages endorsement by one of the groups the list of organizations identified and selected to serve as clearinghouses for the selection of nominees.

The Citizen Task Force, comprised of seven interest areas represented by 14 members, has been functioning since 1990 as an advisory group to the Colorado State Park’s Park Manager and the Bureau of Land Management’s River Manager. The task force gives recommendations to the AHRA on management, growth and development issues throughout the recreation area and upper Arkansas River Valley, while providing an open communications link to parties affected by management decisions. Volunteering for the Citizen Task Force is a great opportunity to be involved in the mission of the AHRA, and CTF members are eligible to receive a Colorado State Parks annual Volunteer Pass.

To receive a nomination form and more information about the process, or if you have other questions concerning the AHRA’s Citizen Task Force, please visit the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett Avenue in Salida or call AHRA at (719) 539-7289. Information on the CTF nomination process, a list of “clearinghouse” organizations and a nomination form can also be obtained by visiting the AHRA web site at

The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Parks. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit

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