Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday named Ford Overton of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Overton, 46, owns West Tree Service in Little Rock and is a member of the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation Board.

“Ford has an enthusiasm for hunting, fishing and conservation, and a passion to ensure that our young people get the first-hand education to learn all three,” Beebe said in a news release. “He has already worked toward that end with the Game & Fish Foundation, and is ready to bring that same drive to the commission.”

While on the Foundation Board, Overton worked on the effort to build a permanent bridge over Crooked Creek in Marion County, where high water had often limited access to a Game and Fish education center.

Overton, whose term will expire July 1, 2019, replaces George Dunklin of DeWitt.