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Great Plains RC&D Named Outstanding RC&D Council at the Southwest S

Great Plains RC&D Named Outstanding RC&D Council at the Southwest States RC&D Meeting

The RC&D Council assists with outdoor classroom development and trails grants to provide educational opportunities teaching natural resources conservation.
The RC&D Council assists with outdoor classroom development and trails grants to provide educational opportunities teaching natural resources conservation.

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.
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 Oklahoma.
Alfred Miller, Great Plains RC&D Chairman, is cutting the ribbon to officially open the Caddo Canyons Loop of the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma.

The 147MW wind farm near Weatherford, Ok.
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 Oklahoma.

For more information about these projects, and many others, visit their website Great Plains RC&D.

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.

By Dee Ann Littlefield, public affairs specialist, Waurika, OK
NRCS April 2008

Last Modified: 04/15/2008

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