LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 29, 2011—
Governor Mike Beebe has named Steve Cook of Malvern as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
"Steve was imbued with a philosophy of conservation as a young man, and has never wavered from his dedication to that cause," Governor Beebe said. "I am confident that the will work to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for both current and future generations."
Cook, 49, was born and raised in Hot Spring County, and grew up learning to hunt and fish along the Ouachita River. He has been involved with Ducks Unlimited for more than 30 years, serving previously as the Arkansas
state chairman. Currently, he is a regional vice-president for the national organization. Cook is a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and other conservation causes.
Cook, whose term will expire July 1, 2018, replaces Craig Campbell of Little Rock.
Ducks Unlimited's first vice president, George Dunklin, Jr., has served on the Commission since 2005. As is tradition, he currently serves as Chairman of the Commission in this, his last year of appointment.
"To have two Ducks Unlimited Board members serving on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission speaks highly of the conservation ethic found in our volunteers and members," said Curtis Hopkins, DU director for the Southern Region.
Arkansas provides vital wintering and migration habitat for millions of waterfowl annually, and as part of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is a priority for Ducks Unlimited.