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Katherine Andrews Appointed Director Of The Arkansas Office Of Outdoor Recreation

Katherine Andrews has been appointed to serve as the first director of the Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation. According to a report, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) Secretary Stacy Hurst made this announcement.

Additionally, Hurst announced the ten members of the newly formed Arkansas Outdoor Recreation Advisory Board appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

The Office of Outdoor Recreation is responsible for overseeing the state’s efforts to increase the economy of outdoor rec and work with partners to achieve better health outcomes and raise awareness on the wide range of recreation opportunities the state offers.

The Office of Outdoor Recreation provides critically needed support as we look to leverage our recreational assets in Arkansas and grow the state’s economy and tourism value,” said Hutchinson. “Katherine is a native Arkansan and an avid participant in outdoor recreation herself. These qualities combined with her experience in small business and entrepreneurship development make her a natural fit for this job.

The Arkansas Outdoor Recreation Advisory Board will support and assist Hurst and Andrews to let them know about their efforts to improve the state’s outdoor recreation industry.

“We’ve seen substantial increased visitation to Arkansasparks and public lands during the pandemic, underscoring the value of our natural assets,” Hurst said. “I look forward to working with Katherine to establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation as a resource to enhance the state’s economy in ways that will help attract businesses and families as well as enhance the livability of our communities across the state.”

Since 2016, Andrews has been part of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. She has been working as a project manager and later as the director of small business and entrepreneurial development. She was also employed as a commercial realtor.

Andrews will start her new job as director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation on November 29 with a starting base salary of $87,000.

The date of the first session of the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Board is yet to be set. Hutchinson named the following members of the board:

  • George Dunklin of Humphrey
  • Mike Mills of Ponca
  • Ernie Lechuga of Springdale
  • Will Montgomery of Little Rock
  • Susan Peacock of Rogers
  • Bill Barnes of Mt. Ida
  • Steve Straessle of Little Rock
  • Clint Gaston of Lakeview
  • Amanda Herget of Jonesboro
  • Robin McClendon of Monticello
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