A simple "Thank You" can't express the extent of appreciation that is felt when someone goes above and beyond to lend a hand. And this is never more true than with the many groups that have become our invaluable partners in conserving Oklahoma's tremendous natural resources. The Wildlife Department , and in turn you as a sportsman, are blessed by these quality organizations that have made significant contributions to wildlife management in Oklahoma during the past year.
Longtime conservation partner NatureWorks is a Tulsa-based conservation organization that supports efforts through projects like its annual wildlife art show. This donation will support conservation efforts on public lands in Oklahoma, including Red Slough, Cross Timbers, Winter, Eufaula, Pushmataha, Hugo, Pine Creek, Atoka and Stringtown WMAs.
National Wild Turkey Federation
NWTF is providing $53,881 in donations and grants to fund requests from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for 2019. The long-time partner of the Wildlife Department received recognition for its contributions at the November 2018 meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Funded projects include $29,381 for habitat management at various wildlife management areas, $10,000 for the Oklahoma Archery in Schools Program, $10,000 for the Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program, and $4,500 for travel expenses for technical committee members and the warden of the year to attend NWTF's national meetings. In most cases, the NWTF donations will be matched with federal grant money, effectively creating more than $175,000 in funding for Department projects.
North Fork Chapter of Quail Forever
The North Fork Chapter of Quail Forever's donation in support of upland game conservation efforts at Black Kettle, Packsaddle and Ellis County WMAs was recognized at the Department's November 2018 meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Clark’s group separately donated $2,400 to the Department’s Stars & Stripes Project, a donor-funded program that gives hunting and fishing licenses to military veterans and select survivors of veterans who gave their lives in service to the country. The Wildlife Department receives no state-appropriated funding, so this project allows the Department to show appreciation to veterans while maintaining revenue that supports important wildlife conservation in the state.
Oklahoma Zoological Park, Oklahoma Zoological Society and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma Zoological Society donated these funds for conservation field study projects and to help with expenses for various projects.
Clay Hartley/Spur Ranch
Clay Hartley of the Spur Ranch donated Bushnell 24 MP game cameras to be used for law enforcement surveillance efforts in the ODWC's District 1.
WSFR Region 2 Federal Aid Coordinator's Meeting partners
Several groups and organizations donated funds as well as materials and services to help the ODWC host the 2018 Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Region 2 Federal Aid Coordinator's Meeting, among them Kelly Brockerage, the Oklahoma State Game Warden Association, the Oklahoma State Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Beavers Bend Fly Shop and others. The ODWC is grateful for the support of partners like these in conducting meetings that impact conservation in significant ways.
St. Mary's Catholic School
This donation was raised at the Red River Archery Shootout and provided to help fund schools that want to start the ODWC's Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program.
DJ's Fund Raising, Inc
DJ's Fund Raising, Inc donated to the ODWC Shotgun Training Education Program.
Edwards Enterprises, Inc
Edwards Enterprises helped support the facility setup with restroom services at Southwest Regional Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program shoot at the Duncan Gun Club.
Small Mouth Rendezvous
The Small Mouth Rendezvous donated to support research by the Wildlife Department's Fisheries Division.