Conservation

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Iowa Shifts Farmland to Pollinator Habitats

August 3, 2016

In the last four years, Iowa farmers have dedicated more than 127,000 acres to habitats for pollinators like butterflies and bees. Over the course of this transition, these habitats have had a positive impact on the economy, crops and the population of dwindling pollinator species: Iowa has about 40 percent of the nation’s total acres of…

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Lesser-Prairie Chicken Population Remains Stable

July 28, 2016

A survey on lesser prairie-chicken shows their population remains steady after five years of data collection: Conducted by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), the surveys indicated an estimated breeding population of 25,261 birds this year which scientists say is not significantly different from the 29,162 birds estimated in 2015 given the…

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Wildfire in Kansas, Oklahoma Called ‘Ecological Cleansing’

July 14, 2016

Conservation experts say it would have taken decades to clear out the number of eastern red cedars consumed by the Anderson Creek fire in Kansas in March. From wibwnewsnow.com: The biggest wildfire in Kansas history has a silver lining despite scorching nearly 600 square miles of land in Kansas and Oklahoma. Conservation experts say it would…

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Selling the farm: SQ777 is a dangerous piece of legislation

July 7, 2016

The following appeared in the July 2016 issue of The Tulsa Voice regarding State Question 777 (SQ777). Selling the farm SQ777 is a dangerous, deceptive piece of legislation BY BARRY FRIEDMAN Coming to us now—in what seems like another float in the annual parade of perplexing, often unconstitutional proposed amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution—State Question 777, also known…

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Three New USDA-Funded Projects to Benefit Conservation in Oklahoma

February 15, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of $720 million for 84 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects across the nation that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Three of these projects will be coming to Oklahoma in 2016.…

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