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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.

Agendas and Minutes

Bylaws and Governing Documents


Vacancies

The Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry & Trails Advisory Board has four (4) open seats with a need for representation from Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5. 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.

Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. Please call 801-535-6244.


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.


Meeting

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

Parks Building, 1965 West 500 South


Powers and Duties

The Parks, Natural Lands, Urban Forestry and Trails Advisory Board has the following powers and duties:

  • Review and advise on budget relating to the City’s parks, natural lands, urban forestry and trails.
  • Make recommendations and review capital improvements relating to the City’s parks, natural land, urban forestry and trails programs.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding acquisitions and dispositions.
  • Review operation and management policies 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.
  • 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, trails, and urban forestry.
  • Provide advice and expertise to other boards such as the Historic Landmarks Commission, Planning Commission, and Transportation Advisory Board, as requested or deemed appropriate.
  • Advise and provide input on the acquisition of sale of properties within the Parks and Public Lands program.
  • Administer and perform all duties and responsibilities of the open space lands program.

Current Members

# District Member Serving Since Term Expires
1 At Large Brianna Binnebose 2019  May 2022
2 At Large Jenny Hewson 2019  February 2022
3 At Large Elliot Mott 2016  July 2022
4 At Large Polly Hart 2016  May 2022
5 D1 VACANT    
6 D2 VACANT    
7 D3 Gwen Springmeyer 2014  October 2020
8 D4 VACANT    
9 D5 VACANT    
10 D6 Katherine Davis 2017  September 2020
11 D7 Samantha Finch 2019  February 2022

Contact Information

Kezia Lopez

Parks and Public Lands

Public Services Department

1965 West 500 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84104

(801) 972-7829 or kezia.lopez@slcgov.com