Fort Worth attorney Ralph Duggins has been picked to serve as the new chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that Duggins, a partner at Fort Worth’s Cantey Hanger law firm, will serve as the presiding officer to help guide the nine-member commission.
The commission is over the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which oversees state parks, wildlife management, hunting and fishing management, biological research and a variety of other duties.
“I am both humbled and honored,” Duggins said in a written statement. “Gov. Abbott is a steadfast supporter of our parks and of the mission of the Department.
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“I look forward to working with him, our Legislature, my fellow Commissioners and our 3100 TPW employees to manage and protect our state parks and to increase hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities for all Texans,” he said. “I am particularly interested in working to provide more ways for urban families to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”
Duggins, first appointed to the commission in 2008 by former-Gov. Rick Perry, grew up in Jefferson City, Mo., and moved to Fort Worth in 1978.
Through the years, his civic duties and board memberships have included the Fort Worth Stock Show, the Peregrine Fund, the Lena Pope Foundation and Lena Pope Home, and Cook Children’s Healthcare System and Cook Children’s Health Foundation.
Fort Worth leaders have long had ties to the parks and wildlife commission.
Past leaders have included Fort Worth’s Lee Bass, who served on the commission from 1989 to 2001 and as chairman from 1995 to 2001. He still serves as chairman emeritus.
His father, Perry R. Bass, served on the commission from 1977 to 1983 and was chairman from 1979 to 1983.
This article includes information from Star-Telegram archives.