Project to improve grassland habitats in the Great Open Spaces

A $50,000 competitive habitat restoration grant by Encana matched a $2.95 million USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant for the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture’s Grassland Restoration Incentive Program.

Once finished, the project will restore native grassland habitat on working farm and ranch landscapes on private lands.

The project will require mechanical and chemical brush management, the installation of fireguards for controlled burning operations, controlled burn operations during both dormant and growing seasons and restoring classical native prairies in planned steps to benefit the wild turkey, white-tail deer, Eastern meadowlark, Northern bobwhite quail, painted bunting, scissor-tailed flycatcher, loggerhead shrike, black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler

Partners included USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Forestry Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture state, federal and nongovernmental partners.

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