LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) –
Former Arkansas Game and Fish Commission director Hugh C. Durham IV,
51, died June 6 at his home in Ruston, La. Durham left International
Paper Co. in 2000 to become AGFC director. He also was a member of the
governor's cabinet and on the state Pollution Control and Ecology
state government in 2003 and became a co-owner of Hornet Limited
Liability Co., which provides fire-suppression and fire-management
services to the forest products industry. He was general manager of
operations, development and human resources at Devine Wine and Spirits
in Ruston at the time of his death.
born in Natchitoches, La., Jan. 25, 1963. He graduated from Louisiana
Tech University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in forestry,
concentrating in wildlife management. He joined The Crawford Forestry
Group in Shreveport in 1987 as a consultant developing and implementing
forest management plans for non-industrial landowners in Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas.
to work for IP in 1990 as a timberlands wildlife biologist in
Arkadelphia. He managed the wildlife and hunting lease business on
500,000 acres of industrial forest. He was promoted to a leadership
position in the environment/wildlife section of IP's Natural Resources
Group. He was responsible for endangered species management, inventory
and policy for more than 6 million acres of company land throughout the
Durham was promoted to regional manager of public affairs in the
company's Jackson, Miss., office. He was responsible for lobbying the
Mississippi and Tennessee legislatures and congressional delegations on
labor, tax, land use, forestry and environmental regulatory issues on
behalf of IP.
survived by his spouse, Carol Dreyfuss; sons Reed Michael Durham and
Mason Lawrence Durham; daughters Leanne Rozelle and Carley Jill Bowman;
grandchildren Colby Bowman and Casey Bowman, and his sister, Sharon
Tunney Durham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh C. Durham
III and Charlotte Tunney Durham.