LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) –
A half dozen Arkansans with years of leadership and achievements in the
state's outdoors are this year's selections for the Arkansas Outdoor
Hall of Fame.
are David Snowden Sr., David Snowden Jr., Mike Freeze, Randy Wilbourn.
Also to receive recognition are sport fishing icons Forrest Wood and
Jerry McKinnis as this year's Legacy Award recipients.
The 2013 Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony will be Friday, Sept., 6, 2013 in Little Rock.
David Snowden Sr. and David Snowden Jr.
of Little Rock have been closely involved with the Arkansas Nature
Conservancy since it was launched in the 1970s. Both have been chairmen
of the organization, and both have helped it with numerous land
acquisitions and conservation easements for private and public use.
of England is a fisheries biologist who has been a major national
figure in aquaculture and fisheries conservation, as well as a leader of
Arkansas Farm Bureau activities. He is a former Game and Fish employee,
who was later appointed to and served a seven-year term on the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission.
helped launch the Arkansas Nature Conservancy and later served as
chairman. He served two terms on the Arkansas Pollution Control and
Ecology Commission and as chairman was instrumental in developing
regulations for in-stream mining, the protection of the undammed upper
Saline River watershed and the start of the White River minimum flow
campaign. He has been in leadership roles with the Game and Fish
Foundation for two decades.
originated the long running "The Fishin' Hole" TV show featuring a
teaching element for young people. He joined ESPN where he developed and
produced outdoors programming. Most recently, he and partners purchased
Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS), the internationally known
Forrest L. Wood
developed the modern bass boat with his Ranger plant in Flippin, and he
was the leader of FLW Outdoors, a premier series of sport fishing
tournament competitions. As chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, he spearheaded efforts to establish minimum flow on
Arkansas's acclaimed trout streams.
Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet
on Sept. 6 and will begin at 6 p.m. at the Governor's Halls I, II and
III of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. To
purchase tickets or for more information, contact Steve Smith at
501-223-6396 or Wendy Henderson at 501-223-6468.