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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State Legislative Session Begins Amid $900 million Budget Shortfall

February 9, 2016

The second regular session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature began Monday, Feb. 1, amid a state budget shortfall of at least $900 million. Barely one week into session, on Feb. 8, state finance secretary Preston Doerflinger put state agencies on alert that budget cuts would be deeper than the 3 percent reduction that went into…

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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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