Habitat restoration on the Black Kettle National Grasslands

America’s Big Six Focal Region: Great Open Spaces

Focal Landscape: Canadian River, Cross Timbers, Central Red River, Flint Hills

Location: Habitat restoration projects on Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Black Kettle National Grasslands Wildlife Management Area near Cheyenne, Oklahoma, and ODWC Packsaddle WMA near Arnett, Oklahoma; and private lands around the state (prescribed burning) 

Cost estimate of completed project: $68,000; NWTF contribution: $15,750

Overview: Remove invasive eastern red cedar and small diameter hardwoods from cottonwood gallery timber zones to improve Rio Grande wild turkey roosting and loafing habitat on public hunting lands. Through a Fiscal Year 2019 Oklahoma NWTF Super Fund grant to the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, equip local prescribed burning associations to enable prescribed burning operations on private lands throughout focal landscapes in in south central, north central and northeastern counties.

Description of work:

·         Restore riparian areas through mechanical removal of nonnative trees and shrubs (WMA lands)

·         Conduct prescribed burning to restore open woodlands and native grasslands (private lands)

Partners: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, USDA Forest Service, Cibola National Forest and Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association

Species targeted: Rio Grande wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, declining grassland birds including northern bobwhite

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