Governor Hutchinson appoints Chris Colclasure as director of state’s natural resources division
Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Chris Colclasure as director of its natural resources division, which is part of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.
“Chris will make an exceptional addition to the Department of Agriculture. His experience with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission gives him valuable skills to lead the natural resources division. I’m thrilled for him and the Department of Agriculture, ”Hutchinson said.
Colclasure most recently served as Deputy Director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, where he oversaw nine of its 12 divisions at various times during his five years with the agency. Prior to joining the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, he held several positions with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission for 14 years, most notably as a director from 2013 to 2016.
Colclasure began his more than 21 years of experience with the Arkansas State Government in the Floodplain Management section of the Natural Resources Division.
“Chris has extensive experience and understands the importance of natural resources and conservation programs to the agriculture industry and the state of Arkansas,” said Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture. “His experience and leadership in working with a wide range of industry partners and stakeholders will serve the Natural Resources Division and our state well. We look forward to having him on the Arkansas Department of Agriculture team. “
“It is an absolute honor to be appointed director of the natural resources division. I have always appreciated and respected the role and the services that this agency offers to our public. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with staff, commissioners and partners on the many natural resource challenges in our state, ”said Colclasure.