Gov. Mike Beebe has named a regional vice president of Ducks Unlimited to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Steve Cook, 49, replaces Craig Campbell of Little Rock on the commission. Cook’s term expires July 1, 2018.

“Steve was imbued with a philosophy of conservation as a young man, and has never wavered from his dedication to that cause,” Beebe said. “I am confident that the will work to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for both current and future generations.”

Cook was born and raised in Hot Spring County, and grew up learning to hunt and fish along the Ouachita River. He has been involved with Ducks Unlimited for more than 30 years, serving previously as the Arkansas state chairman.

Cook is also a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and other conservation causes.

In addition, Cook has served on the executive committee of the Arkansas State Police Foundation and as a longtime commander of the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Office’s Reserve Deputies.