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New Officers Elected to Commission

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, February 27, 2015

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) held its first meeting of the year on February 3, 2015 in Little Rock. During the meeting officers for 2015 were elected through unanimous vote: Robert Bevis, Jr. of Scott will serve as chairman. Mark Karnes of Arkadelphia will serve as vice chair. Robin Lockhart of Little Rock will serve as secretary.

Pictured are the new officers and, from left to right: Chris Colclasure, Director, ANHC; Mark Karnes, Vice-Chairman; Robert Bevis, Jr., Chairman; Robin Lockhart, Secretary; Stacy Hurst, Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage; Marynell Branch, Deputy Director of Heritage Resources, Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The commission consists of 15 members. Nine members are appointed by the governor for staggered terms of nine years each. 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. Follow this link for a complete list of commissioners.

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