Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed William J. “Joe” McPherson of Woodworth to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).

McPherson, who will serve as an at-large commissioner, is a self-employed business owner and developer and a former Louisiana State Senator. He succeeds Pat Manuel of Eunice.

 McPherson, whose term runs until Dec. 12, 2023, will make his first appearance on the board during the commission’s Jan. 4 meeting in Baton Rouge.

 McPherson served six full terms as a state senator, including from 1984-96 and 2000-12. During his time in the Louisiana senate, he authored bills several bills for outdoors causes, including the creation of three wildlife management areas. He was honored with the Governor’s Award for conservation achievement in 2005.

 He is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.