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Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry & Trails Advisory Board

This board advises Mayor Erin Mendenhall and City Council on issues relating to the City’s parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trails. Primarily, the board is tasked with providing and overseeing strong stewardship of the City’s parks, natural lands, urban forest and trails; educating the public and advocating for the City’s parks, natural lands, urban forest and trails policies; and encouraging and facilitating public involvement and input, and the incorporation of that input into the City’s parks, natural lands, urban forest and trails plans and policies.

Contact Information

Luke Allen
Public Lands Department
1965 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 972-7891 or

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Bylaws and Governing Documents


The Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry, & Trails Advisory Board has one vacancy in District 1, and will have an at-large position opening in May 2022. If you are interested in serving on this board, please fill out and submit an application online. To find out which district you reside in go here.

Please see below for all upcoming term expiration/vacancy dates. Only applications submitted up to one year prior to a vacancy date will be considered. The Mayor’s office will only contact applicants when considering them for specific appointments.


Member Qualifications

The Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Advisory Board has between nine and eleven members. Each member is appointed to a three-year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms. Members should reflect geographic, professional, cultural, and neighborhood/community diversity. Members with arborist, landscape architect, ecologist, land management, natural and developed non-motorized trail design, architectural, financial, planning, historic preservation, recreation, sustainability and environmental backgrounds are encouraged.

Residency Requirements: No more than three (3) members may live outside of the Salt Lake City boundaries.


First Thursday of the month, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Public Lands Building, 1965 West 500 South

Powers and Duties

The board shall have the following powers and duties:
   A.   Review and advise the parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trail managers with respect to the annual budget and budget adjustments.
   B.   Review, rank, prioritize, and make recommendations on capital improvement program funding applications and construction designs pertaining to the parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trails programs. Recommendations should be reflected in applications submitted to the department of community and neighborhoods and community development and capital improvement programs advisory board for their consideration for review.
   C.   Review and make recommendations regarding annual financial priorities including budget, capital improvements, fees and concession agreements.
   D.   Provide recommendations regarding land acquisitions and dispositions as related to the city’s disposition processes.
   E.   Review operation and management policies and standards related to use, special events, facilities, resource protection, best management practices and the implementation of landscaping standards, design standards, and sustainability for the city’s parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trails.
   F.   Advise and provide input on broad policy, management, master plans and development standards related activities, specific goals and direction of the parks, transportation, and urban forestry divisions, as they relate to parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trails related issues.
   G.   Provide advice and expertise to other boards, such as the historic landmarks commission, planning commission, and transportation advisory board, as requested or deemed appropriate.
   H.   Advise and provide input on the acquisition or sale of properties within the parks and public lands program.
   I.   Administer and perform all duties and responsibilities of the open space lands program as set forth in chapter 2.90 of this title.
   J.   Submit reports, letters, and recommendations to the mayor regarding the foregoing powers and duties. A copy of the material submitted shall be also provided directly to the city council. (Ord. 49-16, 2016: Ord. 67-13, 2013)

Current Members

# District Member Serving Since Term Expires
1 At Large Ginger Cannon 2021 January 2024
2 At Large Jenny Hewson 2019 February 2025
3 At Large Frances Ngo 2022 May 2025
4 At Large Meridith Benally 2022 September 2025
5 D1 Aaron Wiley 2022 May 2025
6 D2 Melanie Pehrson 2021 May 2024
7 D3 Phil Carroll 2021 May 2024
8 D4 Clayton Scrivner 2021 November 2024
9 D5 Brianna Binnebose 2019 September 2025
10 D6 CJ Whittaker 2021 May 2024
11 D7 Samantha Finch 2019 February 2025