State of Arizona
Janice K. Brewer Office of the Governor Main Phone: 602-542-4331
Governor 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Facsimile: 602-542-7601
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Paul Senseman
March 18, 2009 (602) 542-1342
Governor Jan Brewer Issues Executive Order
Renewing Sustainable State Parks Task Force
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer recently signed an executive order to reestablish the Governor’s
Sustainable State Parks Task Force, which will begin work immediately.
“It is essential that we find a sustainable solution for our State Parks system,” said Governor Brewer.
“State Parks are important to Arizona’s economy and numerous local communities, as they attract millions of
visitors and preserve important cultural and natural resources. Now more than ever we need to reexamine
the condition of the state park system and find creative ways for our beautiful parks to endure.”
The Sustainable State Parks Task Force was originally created in 2008 by executive order, but no
progress to date has been made. In an effort to work through recent budget reductions and possible closures
of various parks, Governor Brewer has re-assembled a group of leaders from across the state to examine and
provide recommendations for the future of Arizona State Parks. The charge given the Task Force is the same
as in 2008, to assess the condition of the State Parks system and its impacts on Arizona’s overall economy.
Ultimately the group will make recommendations to the Governor as to how the system can achieve financial
sustainability into the future.
Rich Dozer, president of GenSpring, a Phoenix Investment Company, and former president of the
Arizona Diamondbacks will chair the Task Force. He will be joined by William Roe, Glen Kerslake and Diana
Freshwater of Tucson; Robert McLendon of Yuma; Grady Gammage, Jr. of Tempe; Bill Cordasco of Flagstaff;
and Walter Meek, Harry Papp and Jeffery Williamson of Phoenix. The Task Force may grow its membership to
no more than 21, and all members will serve without compensation. The deadline for their recommendations
is October 31, 2009.
“These places, such as Kartchner Caverns, Tonto National Bridge, and Tombstone, are all cultural and
recreational jewels of Arizona,” said incoming chairman Dozer. “In this economy, it is a great challenge to find
a sustainable method to fund their protection and enhancement.”