Trails group seeking directors for its board
The relatively new nonprofit trails advocacy group Grand Valley Trails Alliance is seeking professional people with a passion for trails to serve on the group’s board of directors.
The group, which counts as its mission to support, enhance and sustain a world-class multiple-use trail network in the area, will take applications up until Jan. 4 and seat five people to its board by the middle of January.
“The organization is focused on supporting all types of trail users, so we’re looking to find representatives in the community that also have a similar range of passions and interests,” said Dave Grossman, the group’s coordinator. “People who are passionate about trails, but also who have some tolerance and understanding that their mode of travel isn’t necessarily the only one.”
By forming a board of directors, the group will be able to evolve into a 501(c)3 organization, the logical next step for the group. That opens the door to possible grant funding or other revenues streams and is an opportunity to bring in more diverse expertise and skills via the new board, Grossman said.
Ideal potential board members would have previous experience working with nonprofits or sitting on a board. Previous work in the legal arena or in communications, fundraising, or finance also would translate well into serving on the board. Enthusiasm for getting out on local trails is a must.
Advisers from the Bureau of Land Management, the Responsible Recreation Foundation and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association will select the people to serve on the board. Those three groups came together to form and steer the group initially about a year ago. The BLM has assistance agreements with all three of the organizations, and while the GVTA is indirectly connected with the BLM, Grossman said the group is “wholly independent.”
Grossman said board members would likely meet once a month and occasionally outside of the regular meeting schedule for certain events.
The group is sure to hit the ground running, Grossman said, as the BLM is set to release a resource management plan and travel plan in January. That, he said, will have a significant impact on public lands and trails for the next 20 to 30 years.
“We have a really unique opportunity to provide community direction” about the plans, Grossman said.
Information about how to submit an application for the board can be found at http://www.gvtrails.com.