Arkansas governor creates outdoor recreation office

Arkansas News

FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. Hutchinson isn’t on the ballot in Tuesday’s election but he’s still a major player in it. The governor has appeared in an ad for fellow Republican Rep. French Hill, who’s in an unexpectedly tight reelection fight. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo, File)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s creating an office that will focus on outdoor recreation in the state.

Hutchinson on Monday announced the new office of outdoor recreation, which he says will be part of the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

The department’s secretary will soon start a search for a director to lead the new office. Hutchinson said he’s also creating an advisory board to help guide the new office.

Hutchinson announced the office at a news conference where he also said the Blue Mountain Natural Area is joining the state’s inventory of outdoor recreation sites.

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