Collaborative Efforts in NWTF’s Great Open Spaces

The NWTF and partners collaborated throughout Oklahoma to restore streamside areas and use prescribed fire to improve roosting and loafing habitat on public and private lands over a multi-year period in a variety of sites, encompassing the NWTF’s Canadian River, Cross Timbers and Central Red River Focal landscapes.

Partners included Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Wildlife Division, Oklahoma NWTF State Chapter, USDA Forest Service, ODWC, Quail Forever and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, collectively contributing to the project’s $128,000 cost.

The NWTF contracted the mechanical and hand-crew removal of invasive woody species in selected areas designated by ODWC and the Forest Service partners, totaling 362 acres in 2020 but with a cumulative total of 1,500 acres during the last seven years.

The projects are benefitting the Rio Grande wild turkey, white-tailed deer, northern bobwhite and declining grassland bird species, such as eastern meadowlark, painted bunting, scissor-tailed flycatcher and loggerhead shrike; plus pollinator species including honey bees and monarch butterflies.

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