Salt Lake City

Boards and Commissions

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

Ashlyn Larsen
Public Lands Department
1965 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 972-7890 or

Agendas and Minutes

Bylaws and Governing Documents


First Thursday of the month, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Public Lands Building (1965 West 500 South)

Public Comment

Members of the public may provide comments to the Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry, and Trails Advisory Board during their monthly meeting. Verbal comments are limited to up to three minutes. Written comments are welcome and can be submitted to Ashlyn Larsen at


The Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry, & Trails Advisory Board currently has no openings. 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 up to 13 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.

UPDATE: On February 21, 2023, Salt Lake City Council approved an update to the City ordinance that requires two (2) members on the Board who represent indigenous tribes.

Current Board Members

#DistrictMemberServing SinceTerm ExpiresBios
1D1Aaron Wiley2022May-25Link
2D2Melanie Pehrson2021May-24Link
3D3Phil Carroll2021May-24Link
4D4Clayton Scrivner2021Nov-24Link
5D5Brianna Binnebose2019Sep-25Link
6D6CJ Whittaker2021May-24Link
7D7Samantha Finch2019Feb-25Link
8At-LargeMeridith Benally2022Sep-25Link
9At-LargeGinger Cannon2021Jan-27Link
10At-LargeJenny Hewson2019Feb-25Link
11At-LargeDave John2023Mar-26Link
12At-LargeTalula Pontuti2023Apr-26Link
13At-LargeKerri Nakamura2023Jul-26Link