The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission held its first meeting of the year on Feb. 7, 2017, in Little Rock at the new Department of Arkansas Heritage headquarters. During the meeting officers for 2017 were elected through unanimous vote: Robby Bevis of Scott will serve as chairman. Mark Karnes of Arkadelphia will serve as vice chair. Robin Lockhart of Little Rock will serve as secretary.
The commission consists of 15 members. Nine members are appointed by the governor for staggered terms of nine years each. Additionally, the president pro tempore of the Senate appoints three members, and the speaker of the House of Representatives appoints three members.
The commission provides general direction to ANHC professional staff, acts on staff proposals for acquiring and dedicating natural areas, establishes rules and regulations, and adopts and amends management plans for individual natural areas.
Photograph above, from left to right: ANHC Director Darrell Bowman, ANHC Vice-Chair Mark Karnes, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst, ANHC Secretary Robin Lockhart, ANHC Chairman Robby Bevis, and Department of Arkansas Heritage Deputy Director Rebecca Burkes.