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USDA in Oklahoma Seeks to Enroll 450,000 More Acres in Conservation Stewardship Program to Improve Working Lands

February 4, 2016

Application deadline for 2016 participation is March 31 Feb. 4, 2016—USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma plans to add an estimated 450,000 more acres to the rolls of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) during fiscal year 2016. NRCS Oklahoma State Conservationist Gary O’Neill encourages farmers, ranchers and landowners to submit applications by March…

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Fish Consumption Advisory Issued for Eight More Oklahoma Lakes

February 3, 2016

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has updated its list of lakes with consumption advisories for mercury.  Eight Oklahoma lakes have been added since the last advisory was issued in 2013. Those lakes are: Arbuckle Lake Cushing Lake Meeker Lake Prague Lake Sportsman Lake Stroud Lake Wetumka Lake Wewoka Lake Each of the above…

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$4,000 Reward for Elk Killed at J.T. Nickel Preserve

January 19, 2016

A $4,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of the individual(s) who illegally killed a bull elk at the Nature Conservancy’s J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve near Tahlequah. Commonly seen resting near the roadside greeting visitors, “Hollywood” a well-known, 8.5-year-old bull elk at The Nature Conservancy’s J.T. Nickel Preserve…

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Federal Funding Bill Marks Progress for Land and Water Conservation

December 18, 2015

Congress has released its omnibus federal spending package, which sets funding levels for government agencies for Fiscal Year 2016. It also contains a number of conservation and environmental provisions that will affect America’s lands, waters, and wildlife, including a three-year reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding that program at $450…

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Comment on State’s Proposed Hunting and Fishing Regulation Changes by Jan. 8

December 18, 2015

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations for 2016. Suggested rule changes include: Eliminating the catch and release only requirement for largemouth bass on American Horse Lake. Formalizing rules for shooting ranges on wildlife management areas. Changing the turkey hunting hours to…

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