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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Trails Advisory Council

Monday, December 22, 2014 

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Sarah Nicholls, of Dansville, and the reappointments of James Duke, of Munising, and Drew YoungeDyke, of Ann Arbor, to the Michigan Trails Advisory Council.

The 11-member Michigan Trails Advisory Council advises the Department of Natural Resources on the creation, development, operation, and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized trails in the state, including, but not limited to, snowmobile, biking, equestrian, hiking, off-road vehicle, and skiing trails.  

“Michigan’s trails highlight the natural beauty of our state and are a key aspect of our economy,” Snyder said. “I am confident that these appointees will protect and grow these vital assets.”

Nicholls is an associate professor with the departments of community sustainability and geography at Michigan State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from University College London, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in recreation, park, and tourism services from Texas A&M University. She represents the Equine Trailways Subcommittee and replaces Sandra Batie, who resigned.

Duke is retired from with General Motors. He worked with the Michigan Snowmobile Association for 30 years and has been elected to the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Duke studied at the University of New Haven.

YoungeDyke is field manager for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He has experience with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Topp Law PLLC, and Clean Water Action. YoungeDyke earned a bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy and a law degree, both from Michigan State University. He continues to represent non-motorized trail users.

Nicholls serves the remainder of a term to expire Jan. 17, 2018. Duke and Youngedykje serve four-year terms to expire Jan. 17, 2019. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.