Arkansas

The Commission:

  • Name: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • From the Commission’s website

“The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was created in 1915, but it was not until the passage of [constitutional] Amendment 35 in Arkansas’s 1944 General Election that the Commission gained the power to enact lasting wildlife regulations.”

  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 7 (the Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Arkansas is a nonvoting member)
  • Term length: 7 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: yes (according to this 2003 Attorney General’s opinion)
  • Selection criteria per the AR state constitution:

“Seven of whom shall be active and one an associate member who shall be the Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Arkansas, without voting power…Commissioners shall have knowledge of and interest in wildlife conservation…Each Congressional District must be represented on the Commission.”

 

The Agency:

  • Name: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Mission statement from agency website

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission is to conserve and enhance Arkansas’s fish and wildlife and their habitats while promoting sustainable use, public understanding and support.”

Revenues:

† Other: Dedicated Conservation Tax. In November 1996, Arkansas voters passed a conservation sales tax, which went into effect July 1, 1997. It designates 1/8th of 1 percent of the state’s general sales tax for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (45 percent), Arkansas State Parks (45 percent), Arkansas Heritage Commission (9 percent) and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (1 percent).

†† Minor Other (no single source ≥10%)

Source: http://downloads.natureserve.org/careers/2017agfcdirector.pdf

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

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