Arizona State Parks is Recipient of Multiple Awards from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association

August 11, 2016

PHOENIX - At the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Awards Banquet on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Arizona State Parks received three awards. Kelly Moffitt, Deputy Director, received the Outstanding Professional Award, the Arizona Site Steward Program received the Outstanding Cultural Awareness Program, and the Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT), received the Citation of Merit.

"We are elated these people and programs have been recognized by Arizona's Park and Recreation community," said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks. "We are indebted to Kelly and these volunteers for their hard work and commitment to conserving Arizona's cultural and recreational resources."

Kelly Moffitt has successfully navigated both the private and public sectors in the parks and recreation field for 41 years in both Arizona and California. Some of his recent accomplishments include the planning and development of Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, created the curriculum for ASP's Manager-In- Training (MIT) and Ranger-In-Training (RIT) Programs through Arizona State University, and developed and implemented the Annual Operating Plan program that each park is required to create and maintain.

The Arizona Site Steward Program (ASSP) consists of approximately 800 citizen volunteers who visit selected archaeological sites and historic properties, often located in remote and rugged backcountry settings, to look for evidence of illegal looting, vandalism and negative impacts from recreation. The program is facilitated by Arizona State Parks whose staff train these volunteers to assist in the preservation of cultural resources for federal, state and non-profit land managing agencies.

The Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) is a group of 15 non- motorized trail enthusiasts and land managers. This diverse group of trail users come from various communities including mountain-bikers, equestrian, hikers and bird watchers. All are passionate and devoted to the building, maintenance, and use of trails in the state of Arizona and have committed to at least one 3-year term to help advise Arizona State Parks in trail-related issues and topics.

WHAT: Arizona State Parks receives awards from the Arizona Park and Recreation Association (APRA): Outstanding Professional Award for Kelly Moffitt, Deputy Director; Outstanding Cultural Awareness Program for the Arizona Site Steward Program; and the Citation of Merit for the Arizona State Committee on Trails 

WHERE: Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, AZ

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

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