News Release 11-027
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Virginia Painter, 360-902-8562
Sandy Mealing, 360-902-8559
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Steve Milner of Chelan appointed to serve on Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Jun. 16, 2011 –
Gov. Christine O. Gregoire has appointed Steve S. Milner, a longtime advocate for public lands and outdoor recreation, to serve on the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, beginning immediately. Milner, 57, lives in Chelan.
Milner is a retired chemical engineer and amateur ecologist whose interest in the out of doors has led him to support a variety of conservation programs and organizations. He is a board member of the Chelan Douglas Land Trust, former member of the Fox Valley Land Foundation and a friend of Wisconsin State Parks. He was raised in Wisconsin and worked for a research and development company in Chicago for 30 years. He and his wife Jill, a practicing clinical nurse specialist, relocated to Chelan in 2006. They live near Lake Chelan State Park.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission sets policy for the Washington State Parks and Recreation agency, which manages a diverse system of 118 parks, including long-distance land and water trails and statewide programs such as winter recreation and boating safety. The Commission is comprised of seven citizen volunteers. They hire a director to oversee the agency’s operating and capital programs. The Commission has public meetings six times a year at predetermined locations around the state.
Much of Milner's volunteer time has been spent counseling youth groups and serving as a guide in the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission,” Milner said. “I believe that public lands provide a necessary role in maintaining a healthy relationship between society and nature and that state parks provide diverse opportunities to enjoy that relationship for people from all walks of life. I am excited to have a role in taking care of a healthy and growing system of parks across Washington State."
Milner replaces outgoing Commissioner Eliot Scull of Wenatchee, who served on the Commission for 12 years. The next regular meeting of the commission is scheduled for Aug. 11, in Wenatchee.
For more information about Washington State Parks, visit the website www.parks.wa.gov.
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