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News Archive

To access an archived news story from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission's web page, click on the appropriate title below. For access to stories printed in the Conservation Commission's newsletter, the Oklahoma Conservation Conversation, navigate back to the Conservation Commission web site, conservation.ok.gov, select thePublications page from the left menu and select the appropriate month and year. To search the entire OCC site for selected topics, use "Search Site" tool at the top right of each page.

Last added to in July 2006

Another Significant Milestone for Conservation District Employees
Legislative Review 2006
by OCC Executive Director Mike Thralls, July 2006

Area I Commissioner Completes Term J.T. Winters Jr. completed his five-year term as Area I Conservation Commissioner on June 5.

Governor Brad Henry's Public Service Announcement about the Dust Bowl and the work of the Conservation Partnership

Click here to play or download an audio message by Gov. Henry. Broadcasters are welcome and encouraged to download the file for broadcast.

Third Annual Statewide Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference

August 10-11, Clarion Convention Center, Oklahoma City.

Eastern Oklahoma Landowners Rewarded for Good Conservation June 6, 2006

Oklahoma Leads the Nation Again, But Faces Serious Challenges By Mike Thralls, Executive Director, Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

Club Lake West Project: Reclaiming Seventy Acres of Abandoned Mine Land June 8, 2006

Fort Cobb – One of Six Best Watershed-Based Plans in the Nation May 11, 2006

OACD/Chesapeake Conservation Education Awards May 2006

Conservation Commission announces Water Quality Improvements in Two Projects in Northeast Oklahoma May 22, 2006

Johanns Announces 43 Percent Decline In Total Cropland Erosion

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2006

National Land & Range Judging Contest

May 4, 2006

Administration's Proposed Budget Would End Funding For NRCS Watershed Program

May 2006 -- The Administration's proposed budget for federal fiscal year 2007 would eliminate funding for most of the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Watershed Program. The Administration proposes to end the Watershed Survey and Planning and the Watershed Operations funding for the agency. Should Congress approve this portion of the Administration's budget proposal it would have significant consequences in Oklahoma. (More)

NRCS Chief Visits Oklahoma for Stewardship Week

May 2006 -- Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Bruce Knight accepted an invitation to speak at Wagoner County Conservation District's annual Stewardship Breakfast. (More)

OCC Employee Awards & Recognition Committee Hosts a Week of Events

May 2006 -- The National Public Service Recognition Week began 22 years ago, instituted by the Public Employees Roundtable of the Council for Excellence in Government. The goal of the event is recognize the everyday work of public servants. The OCC Employee Awards & Recognition Committee will present OCC's first-ever Employee of the Quarter Award.


Soil & Water Stewardship Week 2006

Governor Brad Henry's Public Service Annoncement -- April 2006

Governor Brad Henry recorded a public service announcement to commemorate Soil & Water Stewardship Week 2006, April 30 - May 7.

To access and download the 482 kilobyte, mp3, format, audio file, click here.

Gov. Brad Henry Records Public Service Announcements for Stewardship Week

OACD, OCC present "Out of the Dust" book to Governor -- April 2006

On Thursday, April 6, Gov. Brad Henry taped two public service announcements (PSAs) to commemorate Soil & Water Stewardship Week in Oklahoma. (More)

Conservation Commission Goes “On the Road to Garfield County Conservation District

Agency held April Meeting in Award Winning Conservation District -- April 2006

Garfield County Conservation District hosted the April meeting of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission in Enid on April 7. The district was named in March as the state’s Outstanding Conservation District for 2006. (More)

Conservation Day at the Capitol 2006

March 2006

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) sponsored “Conservation Day at the Capitol” on March 13. Governor Brad Henry helped present OACD Conservation Awards. Cosponsors included a number of the state’s 88 local conservation districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. (More)

Celebrate Your World With GIS

March 2006

The State Geographic Information Council hosted GIS Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 15. (More)

Ben Berry Commended for Administering Emergency CPR

February 2006

On Feb. 14, Ben Berry, OCC Water Quality specialist, was traveling on the job in rural Delaware County. He was flagged down by a woman whose husband had collapsed while working cattle. Ben found the man non-responsive, not breathing and without a pulse. Although the woman was frantic, she was able to call and direct emergency personnel to the location. Ben administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the emergency medical service crew arrived and took over. (More)

OACD 2006 Annual State Meeting: Proud Past ... Positive Future

February 2006 Highlights from the meeting

NACD 2006 -- Oklahomans play important roles at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts

February 2006

A number of Oklahomans played important roles at the 61st Annual Meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). The convention was held in Houston, Tex., Jan. 29-Feb. 1. The meeting theme was "Living a Legacy ... Leaving a Legacy." (More on NACD 2006)

Volunteers Honored for Work to Help Wister Lake Watershed

January 2006

On Jan. 3 the Latimer County and LeFlore County Conservation Districts hosted a dinner to recognize volunteers who had served on an advisory group and committees for the Wister Lake Watershed Water Quality Project. (More)

Commerce and Ottawa County Conservation District Host Legislators and Agencies on Tour of West Commerce Reclamation Project

Redcedars Add to Wildfire Danger

Oklahoma Conservation Leaders Provide Testimony to Congress on the Watershed Program

Club Lake West Project: Reclaiming Seventy Acres of Abandoned Mine Land

December 2005

NACD Urges Congress to Support Watershed Program December 6, 2005

Dealing with Disaster An Editorial by Bill Wilson of Kinta, Oklahoma.

Caring for Flood Control Dams An Editorial by Dan Sebert, PhD. November 2005

Eastern Redcedar: The Greatest Natural Resource Threat to Oklahoma Since the Dust Bowl? November 2005

Civilian Conservation Corps Statue Dedicated at New Oklahoma History Center October 14, 2005

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Donates Conservation Books to all Oklahoma Public Libraries Oct. 10, 2005

Flood Control Dam Groundbreaking Ceremony Oct. 4, 2005

Conservation Leaders Speak Out U.S. Deputy Sec. of Agriculture, Sept. 22, 2005

Fort Cobb No-Till Seminar August 2005

Oklahoma Farmers Union, Noble Foundation, OACD Sponsor Out of the Dust for State's Middle and High Schools September 2005

Employee Service Awards September 2005

Wallace C. Denny, Aug. 27, 1925 - Aug. 16, 2005

U.S Congressman Frank Lucas Speaks at Kay County Conservation District Office Dedication August 23, 2005

Conservation Districts & OCC Participate in Wildlife Expo at Lazy E August 27, 2005

Conservation Commission Recognizes 4 Employees for Years of Service (August 1, 2005)

OCC Education Coordinator Karla Beatty Elected to Project WET National Council August 1, 2005

Legislators Tour Area Conservation Sites, Garfield County CD Hosts Legislative Tour July 28, 2005

Area Legislators Attend Flood Control Briefing at Kadashan July 11, 2005

Governor Commends Conservation Commission for Out of the Dust July 5, 2005

OCC GIS Specialist Shellie Willoughby called "GIS Super Hero" July 2005

Commissioner Dan Lowrance receives appreciation from NRCS State Conservationist for National Watershed Coalition Leadership July 5, 2005

Why should we care about conservation funding? June 2005

By Clay Pope, Executive Director,
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts

Conservation Partnership with the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board June 2005

Caney Valley and Nowata Conservation Districts Take Legislators on Tour June 21, 2005

OACD Partners with Choctaw Nation to Host the 2005 Southern Regional Woodland Clinic May 6, 2005

Reclamation Project Begins in Ottawa County

By Krista Duhon with staff reports, Miami News-Record, Sept. 16, 2005(From the Miami News-Record, used by permission)

House Commends Water Quality Specialist Otis Bennett April 27, 2005