Regina Walker, retired Mena City Clerk/Treasurer and Life Member of the Arkansas Municipal League, was recently re-appointed to the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Council (ANCRC) for a four-year term, by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and confirmed by the Arkansas Senate. Walker will be representing cities and towns on the 11-member council.
Walker was originally appointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee and was re-appointed during his tenure, as well. Walker said, “I was humbled and honored to be re-appointed by Gov. Hutchinson.”
Other Council Members are: John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands; Stacy Hurst, Director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission; Robby Bevis, Chair of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission; Kane Webb, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism; Sash Goyal, Arkansas Parks, Travel & Recreation Commission; Bobbi Shepherd, El Dorado, representing rural areas; Tarench Manning, Fayetteville, representing urban areas; Chris Villines, Arkansas counties; Jason Smith, Beebe, represents the Arkansas Senate, and the representative for the Arkansas House position is currently not filled.
Walker shared, “The ANCRC has funded many worthwhile projects across the state to preserve state-owned buildings, historic sites, natural areas, and outdoor recreation for future generations.” Some local projects that have been funded, all or in part, are: the Historic Armory on DeQueen Street, Queen Wilhelmina State Park improvements; UofA Rich Mountain walking trails and outdoor amphitheater; Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area development; and the Polk County Courthouse through the County Court House Grant Program.