The RC&D Council assists with outdoor classroom development and trails
grants to provide educational opportunities teaching natural resources
Jennifer Smith, Harmon County Conservation District and Belinda
Dimitratos, Jackson County Conservation District, assist with
registering attendees at the Southern Plains No-Till Seminar in Hollis.
Alfred Miller, Great Plains RC&D Chairman, is cutting the ribbon to
officially open the Caddo Canyons Loop of the Great Plains Trail of
The 147MW wind farm near Weatherford.
The Great Plains RC&D is named the Outstanding RC&D Council in the
six-state region of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and
Louisiana. The award was presented during the Southwest States RC&D
Association annual meeting and banquet March 4th, in St. Louis,
Missouri. The Council was recognized for their balanced approach to
projects with social, economic, and environmental purposes in response
to local priority concerns by building local working relationships for
conserving and developing natural resources that enhance the quality of
life in the RC&D area communities.
The Great Plains RC&D has been an instrumental partner or organizer in
several major projects that address their three priority concerns: soil
quality, economic resources, and water resources.
Their many projects have included organizing no-till conferences,
assisting with the establishment of ethanol plants, explored options for
utilization of biomass, assisted with the location of a 147 MegaWatt
wind farm, with 98 wind turbines providing income to area farmers.
Additionally, they have developed a Farm-to-School program that provides
a nutritious source of locally-grown 100% whole wheat flour and pizza
crust to local schools. They are also hosting the fourth annual
statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference.
The Great Plains RC&D was also an instrumental partner in the
development of the Great Plains Trail Scenic Drive Map, which was
developed to outline each loop in detail, including terrain, types of
wildlife in the area, and lodging along the Great Plains Trail of
For more information about these projects, and many others, visit their
Organized in 1973, the Great Plains RC&D Council is headquartered in
Cordell and is currently composed of 12 men, six women and one Native
American male all from southwestern Oklahoma.