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New ANHC Director Named

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, today named Bill Holimon as director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC). Holimon had been serving as interim director since November, after former director Darrell Bowman left to take a position with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Holimon has worked for 18 years at ANHC, first as grants coordinator and later as chief of research. He is an ornithologist with 25 years of experience in science and conservation.

Holimon received a B.S. in biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an M.S. in biology from New Mexico State University. He previously worked for The Nature Conservancy in Texas on conservation of two federally listed endangered bird species. He has conducted extensive research in pine-spruce habitats throughout the Rocky Mountains, Alaska and other regions of North America. He currently is heading a project reestablishing a population of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Dryobates borealis) at Warren Prairie Natural Area in southern Arkansas. Prior to becoming a biologist, Bill received a B.S. in accounting and worked in that field for seven years.

“I am very pleased that Bill is officially stepping up to lead ANHC as director,” said Hurst. “His vast professional experience and his passion for the preservation of Arkansas’s very important natural heritage are great assets to our state’s conservation efforts.” ANHC manages an extensive database on biodiversity in Arkansas as well as 73 natural areas throughout the state.