Education

Tribal compact cancellations could hit Wildlife Department funding

December 17, 2021

By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision not to renew hunting and fishing compacts with the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations for 2022 could mean a potential loss of millions of dollars in future federal funding for the state’s wildlife department. The Cherokee Nation claims federal funding has been boosted by $32 million…

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Tulsa River Parks takes aim at privet

December 10, 2021

Turkey Mountain project improves habitat, provides a demonstration area for view BY KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Fire can be good medicine for a forest, even one that is on the outskirts of a city. Controlled burns on are tap for Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in coming weeks, thanks to a U.S. Forest Service grant…

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Boo! Grrr! Ticks of winter now are upon us

October 29, 2021

Winter ticks are a rare but potentially scary prospect for Oklahoma livestock. Deer ticks are at their most prevalent now, however.

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A turf issue: Armyworms vs. monarch caterpillars

August 21, 2021

Oklahoma homeowners weigh lawn care against butterfly, bird impacts By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Save the yard or save the butterflies? That is the question. Facing hoards of hungry caterpillars, some good some bad, many Oklahomans are for the first time questioning backyard pesticide use. “I’ve been busy on Facebook,” said Sandy Schwinn, volunteer conservation…

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Pathogens thrive in state’s nutrient-rich waters

July 5, 2021

Knowledge, simple precautions make summer outings safer By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Like May flowers that follow April showers, bacterial blooms may follow rainy days that break up summer’s hot streaks. Heavy rain followed by high temperatures in June gave rise to blue-green algae blooms reported at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and at Lake…

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