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Conservation Day at the Capitol 2008

Conservation Day at the Capitol 2008

Rick Jeans of Kay County Conservation District was named Outstanding Director. From left are Amber, Rick and Diane Jeans and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.
Rick Jeans of Kay County Conservation District was named Outstanding Director. From left are Amber, Rick and Diane Jeans and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.

Deer Creek Conservation District was named Outstanding Conservation District. Reps. James Covey (far left) and Ryan McMullen (third from right) presented the district with a Legislative Citation.
Deer Creek Conservation District was named Outstanding Conservation District. Reps. James Covey (far left) and Ryan McMullen (third from right) presented the district with a Legislative Citation.

Dan Gallery of Wann, Okla., was named Outstanding Cooperator. From left are Reps. Earl Sears and Steve Martin, Joann and Dan Gallery and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins
Dan Gallery of Wann, Okla., was named Outstanding Cooperator. From left are Reps. Earl Sears and Steve Martin, Joann and Dan Gallery and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins

State legislators and visitors to the State Capitol building enjoyed information provided by the NRCS, OCC and conservation districts from across the state.
State legislators and visitors to the State Capitol building enjoyed information provided by the NRCS, OCC and conservation districts from across the state.

 The Oklahoma's Conservation Commission's new interactive exhibit on how watershed and flood control dams function was a popular booth at Conservation Day.
 The Oklahoma's Conservation Commission's new interactive exhibit on how watershed and flood control dams function was a popular booth at Conservation Day.

Awards Presented for Conservation, Education and Communication

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and other sponsors presented awards to outstanding conservationists and conservation educators during Conservation Day at the Capitol on March 19. Awards were also presented to members of the press and conservation districts for outstanding efforts in spreading information about conservation. The various awards were cosponsored by Chesapeake Energy, the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

In the awards ceremony that took place in the Governor’s Blue Room, presenters included Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President Scotty Herriman, Oklahoma Press Association Executive Vice President Mark Thomas, and Oklahoma Conservation Commission Executive Director Mike Thralls. Corporate Development Associate Taylor Shinn represented Chesapeake Energy, State Director Mike Fuhr represented the Nature Conservancy and Agricultural Division Director Wadell Altom represented the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in presenting the awards. In addition, several state legislators presented commendations to the honorees. The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service was represented by State Conservationist Ron Hilliard.

The OACD Conservation Awards are presented according to three categories — Outstanding Conservation District, Outstanding District Director and Outstanding Landowner/Cooperator.

Deer Creek Conservation District received the Outstanding District Award, cosponsored by Chesapeake Energy. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Taylor Shinn, Chesapeake Energy, and Scotty Herriman, OACD, presented the award. Reps. James Covey and Ryan McMullen presented the district with an Oklahoma State Legislature Citation. The Deer Creek Conservation District office is in Weatherford.

Rick Jeans of Tonkawa, on the board of directors of the Kay County Conservation District, will receive the Outstanding District Director Award, cosponsored by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. In February Jeans was inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame. Sen. David Myers and Rep. Dale DeWitt presented Jeans with an Oklahoma State Legislature Citation. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Wadell Altom, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and Scotty Herriman, OACD, presented the award.

Dan Gallery of Wann, Okla., will receive the Outstanding Landowner/Cooperator Award, cosponsored by the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. Gallery is a cooperator with and was nominated by the Caney Valley Conservation District. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Mark Fuhr, Nature Conservancy, and Scotty Herriman, OACD, presented the award. Reps. Earl Sears and Steve Martin presented Gallery with an Oklahoma State Legislature Citation.

In addition, five teachers from across the state, one in each Congressional district, received Outstanding Conservation Educator Awards cosponsored by OACD and Chesapeake Energy. The recipients were John Beasley, Tulsa; Alicia Brents, Fort Towson; Jennifer Crabb, Sayre; Rick McElhaney, Lawton (not present); and Colby Cagle, Bethel Acres. Taylor Shinn, Chesapeake Energy, and Scotty Herriman, OACD, presented the awards.

Excellence in Communication Awards were presented to two conservation districts and two newspaper publishers for outstanding efforts to support and promote conservation. Kay County Conservation District was honored for an Outstanding Public Information Campaign. Garfield County Conservation District received an award for Excellence in Broadcast Communication. Mark Carson, publisher of the Woods County Enterprise, and Willis Choate, publisher of the Marietta Monitor, each received an award for Outstanding Continuing Support of Conservation by an Oklahoma Press Association Member Newspaper. Mark Thomas, OPA, presented the awards.

During the day approximately 30 display booths were presented in the Capitol Fourth Floor Rotunda by a number of the state’s 88 local conservation districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partner agencies and organizations. The displays featured diverse conservation activities across the state that address local natural resource needs.

Information provided by the the Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Photographs by Mark Harrison, OCC and Dee Ann Littlefield, USDA-NRCS
NRCS March 2008

Last Modified: 03/25/2008

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