This is Audubon Society of Central Arkansas's monthly meeting. this month's presenter is Austin Booth, Director of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC). Director Booth will cover the FY 22 (7/1/21 to 6/30/22) Annual Report, the first of its kind for the agency, and then share highlights from "Natural State Tomorrow", AGFC's strategic plan that will guide the agency for the next five years. Focal areas for the Strategic Plan include Staff Excellence, Conservation and Enhancement of Statewide Habitat, Commitment to Arkansans, and Outreach. Without many partners, including Audubon and others, the agency will be unable to complete the ambitious goals we have laid out. AGFC looks forward to working with its partners to help improve habitat and conservation in Arkansas.
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At 35 years of age, Austin Booth is the youngest director chosen to lead the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This former United States Marine Corps captain most recently served as chief of staff and chief financial officer for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Born in Little Rock and raised in Scott, Booth received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and served his country in many capacities from 2011-2019, including a 2015-16 deployment to Afghanistan. His passion for promoting “common man and common woman conservation” promises to increase the AGFC’s efforts to recruit, retain, and reactivate the next generation of Arkansas’s outdoors enthusiasts. His dedication to supporting science-based conservation will ensure the health of The Natural State’s resources.