1. Developed and published for public use a site wind right gis tool to assist in the proper siting of wind farms.
1. Four Canyon Preserve Endowment $950,000
Natural places seem to have this magical ability to shape us as human beings. In a subtle way, each place is like a familiar person, speaking to us, teaching us about their long list of experiences, passing on timeless wisdom much as an elder mentor might. These places also are a critical part of our identity as a state; Oklahoma is so very tied to this backdrop—the landscapes and rivers we all know and love run through the veins of our state. And although we all recognize this importance of our landscapes, we continue to learn about just how important these places are to our wellbeing, our economy, and our future. Our grasses and soils help to feed our nation, our beautiful landscapes and rivers help nourish our economy, and our natural resources help fuel a growing population. Everything we do is inescapably tied to nature. Forgetting this important fact is akin to denying the importance of our heart or our lungs – we could never live without them.
This special link between people and nature drives the work of The Nature Conservancy. We use science to find the collaborative solutions that will conserve Oklahoma’s last great places for generations to come. By doing so, we can protect our economy and our quality of life. We call this effort conservation for natureandpeople. And no one has done it better over the last 30 years. We’ve helped to directly conserve over 100,000 acres here in Oklahoma, all through private action.
But as we have celebrated these many successes, we have come to realize that conservation is not as simple as we once thought—setting aside one place at a time may make a stride forward, but it is simply not enough. We need to use our preserves in a way that will influence the landscapes beyond our borders. Helping ranchers improve the habitat on their land while improving the efficiency of their operation; showcasing buffer strips along our rivers to improve water quality in our drinking water; and developing sophisticated tools that help companies site their drilling in places that will minimize the impact to wildlife are a few of the many ways we want to leverage our places to advance conservation on a whole new scale.
The urgency is greater now than it ever has been before. Oklahoma is moving forward at a staggering pace. This growth presents a unique opportunity to conserve our last great places in a way that can embrace our growing prosperity while conserving our natural world for future generations. At the same time we protect the future of our drinking water, our ranching, our economy—our way of life.
For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy’s work has been guided by a framework we call Conservation by Design — a systematic approach that determines where to work, what to conserve, what strategies we should use and how effective we have been.
Conservation by Design marries a collaborative, science-based approach with key analytical methods that we use to assess and plan our actions. In the more than 30 countries in which we work, Conservation by Design enables the Conservancy to preserve healthy ecosystems that support people and host the diversity of life on Earth.
To us, protecting nature isn’t about putting up fences around pristine places to keep people out. We’re about protecting the places and resources we depend on for the benefit of all species—plants, animals and people. To that end, we are advancing conservation science, developing multi-use strategies, catalyzing partnerships and improving policies in key conservation areas (see below).
- Rangeland and Wildlife Management – We are exploring responsible approaches that offer ranchers and wildlife a chance to co-exist, with a benefit for both.
- Invasive Plants in Oklahoma – We helped create the Oklahoma Invasive Plants Council to work on effective management of biodiversity threats from invasive plants.
- Fresh Water – Of all the water on Earth, less than 1% is currently available for human uses or consumption. TNC is using creative approaches to ensure both quantity and quality of fresh water for future generations of Oklahomans.
- Wind Farm Development – The placement of utility scale wind turbine farms in the region is a relatively new land use development. We have developed siting tools and work with wind power producers to avoid fragmentation and destruction of sensitive habitat for threatened species, like the Lesser and Greater prairie chickens.
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