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Barnes, Henderson selected for Outdoor Hall of Fame

From the Arkansas game and Fish Commission:

LITTLE ROCK – Two people who have been instrumental in several arenas of Arkansas outdoors and recreation advancements are the 2011 Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame inductees.

Scott Henderson is the former director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Bill Barnes is a longtime member of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission and developer and operator of Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita.

Henderson and Barnes will be recognized at the 2011 Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony Friday, Sept.9, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

The Outdoor Hall of Fame began in 1992 as a project of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and Ducks Unlimited to recognize Arkansans' achievements in outdoor fields and promote conservation education and conserve wildlife habitat.

This year's inductees:

Bill Barnes of Mount Ida has served for many years on the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission, promoting outdoor recreation and tourism in Arkansas. He also devoted many hours of active support in the effort to pass Amendment 75, better known as the Conservation Amendment, in 1996. Barnes developed Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita. It continues to be one of the state's largest outdoor recreation destinations in Arkansas.

Scott Henderson began his career with the AGFC as a biologist, working and wading in hatcheries across the state, and advanced to chief of the AGFC Fisheries Division. He spent more than 15 years as assistant to the director, and served seven years as director of the agency. t Henderson was in the forefront of major growth and expansion of the AGFC, including his work for the passage of Amendment 75, and the oversight of the construction of four nature centers.

"We are extremely proud to salute Scott Henderson and Bill Barnes in our 20th year of Outdoor Hall of Fame celebrations," said Steve Smith, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation "Both of them have demonstrated the importance of leadership, ingenuity and diversity in bettering our state's conservation and environment. They will make our induction banquet on Friday, Sept. 9, another attractive, successful event for all Arkansas. In our past inductions, we have raised well over a million dollars for conservation education and wildlife habitat."

Members of the Outdoor Hall of Fame are: 1992 -- Forrest Wood, Ben Pearson, Henry Gray, Ruth and Rollie Remmel and Neil Compton; 1993 -- Win Rockefeller, Harold Alexander, Rex Hancock, Larry Nixon, Jane Gulley and Jerry McKinnis; 1994 -- George Purvis, Bobby Murray, Jane Stern and Charlie Craig; 1995 -- Dave Whitlock, Jane Ross, Bill Apple and George Fisher; 1996 -- Pat Peacock, Joe Nix, George Cochran and Bill Norman; 1997 -- Gene Rush, Kay Kelley Arnold and Cotton Cordell; 1998 - Dale Bumpers, Bob Apple, James Flanigan and Rayo Breckenridge; 1999 -- Jim Gaston, Carol Griffee and Chick Majors; 2000 – Mike Huckabee, Steve N. Wilson, Mary Klaser and Fred Berry; 2001 -- Carl Garner, Richard Davies and Nancy DeLamar; 2002 – Steve Frick, Joe Mosby, Barbara Pardue and John Selig; 2003 – Charlie Hoover, Andrew Hulsey, Zettie Jones and Steve Smith; 2004 -- Janet Huckabee, Larry Grisham and Ron Duncan; 2005 -- Dr. Mamie Parker, Butch Richenback and Randy Hopper; 2006 -- Kirk Dupps, Cathie Matthews and Kaneaster Hodges; 2007 – Jim Hill, Rick Hampton and Phyllis Speer; 2008 – Gene Denton, Marion McCollum and Carl Hunter; 2009 – Bert and Cheryl Haralson, Greg Butts and Tommy Sanders; and 2010 – Kim Ward and Zach McClendon.

For more information on the Outdoor Hall of Fame and for tickets to the induction banquet, contact Smith at 501-223-6396 or Wendy Glover at 501-223-6468.

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