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Stories of Oklahoma landowners, NRCS and partners working together to protect our soil, water, animals, plants and air.

Oklahoma's Rapid Carbon Assessment Nears Completion

Soil Scientist Jeremy Dennis pushes the soil sample out of the 100cm sampling tube.

There are three rules of rapid carbon testing that anyone can pick up rather quickly. Don't stand behind the guy with the truck when he's moving from flag to flag, don't stand downwind of the guy with the knife, and even though it is called rapid carbon testing, you'll need to wear a hat because you'll be in the sun for more than just a few minutes.

Educator Takes the Classroom to the Creek 

Environmental Science teacher Debbie Adams fixes the oxygen in a sample of water she collected.

Because this portion of Deer Creek is in close proximity to subdivisions but still has a rural landscape, a lot of trash ends up pitched over the bridge abutments and down into the stream. 

Bridge Over Troubled Waters? Not So Much in Oklahoma

When targeting water quality one of the important stakeholder groups to reach are agricultural producers. Nonpoint source pollution is often an aggregate of many factors but the voluntary practices implemented by producers and landowners in northeast Oklahoma have helped to improve 485 acres of riparian, or stream side buffer zones. Healthy riparian areas help reduce erosion which improves water quality. It is grassroots efforts like this that are helping to improve water quality in Oklahoma

With 78,500 miles of rivers and streams throughout Oklahoma, it's hard to imagine how effective water quality monitoring is even possible. That distance equates to about three times the circumference of the earth. But Oklahomans, determined to improve water quality, have found the recipe for success.

FWS Receives Partial Funding to Start the Listing Process for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Woodward county Lesser Prairie project

As you drive through the Oklahoma historic prairie chicken habitat range in the northwest part of the state, you pass the tractor tucks loading under grain elevators that tower over the tiny high plains towns with Native American names. Here, if producers are not raising cattle they are growing something that feeds cattle or some combination of the two. There is barely a trickle of water in the North Canadian River and that emphasizes the looming drought.

Landowners Agree to Develop Endangered Species Habitat

These two turkeys are Kathryn’s Bourbon Reds.

She opens the gate to the temporary fencing that surrounds the organic, free-range turkeys she and her husband started raising. Kathryn McCrary yells over to the birds, "how you guys doin' over there?" A chorus of 60 eager gobblers respond emphatically.

Farrow Drop Adds Stability In Sugar Creek

(L) A picture taken August 5, 2010, shows green grass and a fence. Under the fence, the bank of Sugar Creek has given away. (R) October 5, 2010, shows engineers looking over the creek. The photographer stood at the fence post seen in the picture (r) to take the picture (l). The dirt that fell into the creek is now sediment. The dead grey grass shows where the next sections will likely erode with future rains.

October 5, 2010 - Twenty contractor representatives from at least five states and Oklahoma, sat quietly around the conference table in the NRCS Anadarko Field Service Center.  They were listening as NRCS Civil Engineer Marques Hunter detailed the expectations of the construction of the Farrow Drop project. 

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