Ottawa County Conservation District

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Ottawa County Conservation District to host interactive Field Day - December 7th.
11/18/2021

Ottawa County Conservation District to host interactive Field Day - December 7th.

Ottawa County Conservation District to host interactive Field Day - December 7th.

Ottawa County Conservation District Cooperator Sandy Ankenman was named OACD Area 3 Outstanding District Cooperator toda...
11/10/2021

Ottawa County Conservation District Cooperator Sandy Ankenman was named OACD Area 3 Outstanding District Cooperator today at the Area 3 meeting! Congratulations Sandy!

Ottawa County Conservation District Cooperator Sandy Ankenman was named OACD Area 3 Outstanding District Cooperator today at the Area 3 meeting! Congratulations Sandy!

10/07/2021
Kalyn, Sonora and Connor Grokett accept the Ottawa County Conservation District Beginning Cooperators Award from Justin ...
10/05/2021

Kalyn, Sonora and Connor Grokett accept the Ottawa County Conservation District Beginning Cooperators Award from Justin Miller, Chairman of the board at the Ottawa County Conservation District 75th Anniversary and Awards Dinner.

Kalyn, Sonora and Connor Grokett accept the Ottawa County Conservation District Beginning Cooperators Award from Justin Miller, Chairman of the board at the Ottawa County Conservation District 75th Anniversary and Awards Dinner.

Jenean Perryman accepts the Friend of Conservation Award at the Ottawa County Conservation District 75th Anniversary and...
10/05/2021

Jenean Perryman accepts the Friend of Conservation Award at the Ottawa County Conservation District 75th Anniversary and Awards Dinner.

Jenean Perryman accepts the Friend of Conservation Award at the Ottawa County Conservation District 75th Anniversary and Awards Dinner.

Sandy Ankenman was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's Outstanding District Cooperator for 2021.
10/05/2021

Sandy Ankenman was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's Outstanding District Cooperator for 2021.

Sandy Ankenman was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's Outstanding District Cooperator for 2021.

Courtney Billings, Principal of Nichols Upper Elementary was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's 202...
10/05/2021

Courtney Billings, Principal of Nichols Upper Elementary was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's 2021 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Courtney Billings, Principal of Nichols Upper Elementary was recognized as the Ottawa County Conservation District's 2021 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

09/23/2021

Will you accept the challenge? 🧑

The first 100 schools to complete the application process by October 1, 2021 will receive by mail, a free seed packet with 250 square feet worth of Okies for Monarchs Wildflower Seed Mix, specially curated by Johnston Seed Company, as well as tips for successful planting, pollinator educational resources and a Monarch Habitat sign.

πŸ‘‰ Flutter on over to be the first to submit your application: http://www.okiesformonarchs.org/100-schools-for-pollinators-challenge/

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to recognize the contributions that Latinos make to the agriculture i...
09/22/2021

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to recognize the contributions that Latinos make to the agriculture industry. We celebrate individuals like former U.S. Representative Eligio "Kika" de la Garza II, for the impact he had on the USDA and the agricultural landscape.

As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1981 to 1994, Representative de la Garza helped pass several ag-related laws.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to recognize the contributions that Latinos make to the agriculture industry. We celebrate individuals like former U.S. Representative Eligio "Kika" de la Garza II, for the impact he had on the USDA and the agricultural landscape.

As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1981 to 1994, Representative de la Garza helped pass several ag-related laws.

09/21/2021
Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the history...
09/20/2021

Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Please contact the Ottawa County Conservation District for more information. Email address:  ottawaccd@conservation.ok.g...
09/07/2021

Please contact the Ottawa County Conservation District for more information. Email address: [email protected]

Please contact the Ottawa County Conservation District for more information. Email address: [email protected]

08/31/2021
Photos from Oklahoma Conservation Commission's post
08/26/2021

Photos from Oklahoma Conservation Commission's post

Timeline Photos
08/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Good Monday morning!
08/16/2021

Good Monday morning!

Good Monday morning!

Photos from Ottawa County Conservation District's post
08/11/2021

Photos from Ottawa County Conservation District's post

Come by the Quapaw Farmer's Market and pick up some pollinator seed mix
08/06/2021

Come by the Quapaw Farmer's Market and pick up some pollinator seed mix

08/04/2021

The Oklahoma contingent is very strong at the Innovations on the Land: Resilient Farms and Ranches, Sand County Foundation 2021 Symposium in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Jean Lam of Pauls Valley, who is participating in a mentoring program with the Sand County Foundation, is shown here with Oklahoma’s Leopold Conservation Award Winners, Russ Jackson of Kiowa County, from left, Jimmy Emmons of Leedey, Chuck Coffey of Springer and Grant Victor of Afton. What a great group!
For more about each winner go to:
Jimmy Emmons https://sandcountyfoundation.org/our-work/leopold-conservation-award-program/emmons-farm-1
Russ Jackson https://sandcountyfoundation.org/news/2019/russ-and-jani-jackson-receive-oklahoma-leopold-conservation-award
Chuck Coffey https://sandcountyfoundation.org/news/2020/chuck-ruth-coffey-family-receives-oklahoma-leopold-conservation-award
Grant Victor https://sandcountyfoundation.org/news/2021/the-victor-ranch-receives-oklahoma-leopold-conservation-award

06/29/2021

Finding a frog can be loads of fun!

Finding a frog can be loads of fun!
06/29/2021

Finding a frog can be loads of fun!

Finding a frog can be loads of fun!

06/22/2021

Happening Next MONDAY!

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association and the OK Black Historical Project are hosting a prescribed fire workshop next week! πŸ”₯ Be sure to reserve your spot by this Thursday to learn more about opportunities to get controlled burns on your land πŸ‘‰ good for cattle, good for pollinators.

Keeping Pollinators Buzzing
06/22/2021
Keeping Pollinators Buzzing

Keeping Pollinators Buzzing

Pollinators like honeybees and butterflies play a critical role in growing many of the crops we rely on to feed our families, neighbors and animals.

It's National Pollinator Week - You can help Pollinators1. Plant pollinator-friendly gardens.2. Make a bee house.3. Avoi...
06/22/2021

It's National Pollinator Week - You can help Pollinators
1. Plant pollinator-friendly gardens.
2. Make a bee house.
3. Avoid neonicotinoids.
4. Keep ground cover for caterpillars.
5, Provide a shallow container of water near your flowers.

It's National Pollinator Week - You can help Pollinators
1. Plant pollinator-friendly gardens.
2. Make a bee house.
3. Avoid neonicotinoids.
4. Keep ground cover for caterpillars.
5, Provide a shallow container of water near your flowers.

It's National Pollinator Week - Nearly every flowering plant relies on the help from pollinators such as:  butterflies, ...
06/22/2021

It's National Pollinator Week - Nearly every flowering plant relies on the help from pollinators such as: butterflies, beetles, birds, bats and more than 16,000 different species of bees. Snails, lizards, honey possums and even lemurs can also be pollinators.

It's National Pollinator Week - We all need pollinators.  A pollinator is any animal that moves pollen from the anthers ...
06/22/2021

It's National Pollinator Week - We all need pollinators. A pollinator is any animal that moves pollen from the anthers to the stigma. This process fertilizes the plant, allowing it to form seeds.

It is National Pollinator Week - celebrate all the living creatures who help us grow crops! We all rely on pollinators i...
06/22/2021

It is National Pollinator Week - celebrate all the living creatures who help us grow crops! We all rely on pollinators in order to eat!

06/11/2021
Photos from Ottawa County Conservation District's post
06/11/2021

Photos from Ottawa County Conservation District's post

Come out and join the fishing fun at the Afton Vo-tech!  Now till noon.
06/11/2021

Come out and join the fishing fun at the Afton Vo-tech! Now till noon.

06/07/2021
Ottawa County Farmers Market promoting upcoming fishing clinic and pollinator habitats!
06/03/2021

Ottawa County Farmers Market promoting upcoming fishing clinic and pollinator habitats!

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06/03/2021

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06/01/2021
Thank you Courtney May for assisting the Ottawa County Conservation District
05/28/2021

Thank you Courtney May for assisting the Ottawa County Conservation District

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630 E. Steve Owens Blvd.
Miami, OK
74354

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Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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CARE Champion Grant Victor from the Ottawa County Conservation District featured in District Blue Thumb Calendar. Full release from OCC below: District Blue Thumb Calendar 2021 October Featured Producer, β€œGrant Victor: Producer talks about β€˜My time’ to carry conservation forward” AFTON, Okla. – Time comes in so many different forms. It can be noon, or midnight, or it can be a decade or a half-century. Grant Victor, who was born and raised at Afton in Ottawa County, speaks with sincerity about another form of time when referring to conservation. β€œMy grandfather (James Y. Victor) and my father (Samuel Grant Victor) were excellent in not only applying conservation practices, but also in teaching and explaining their benefits,” Victor said. β€œAs it became β€˜My time’ it was a great honor to carry on the heritage." β€œMy time” comes with the responsibility of practicing what you’ve learned and also learning what you will need to practice as times change. The two generations he spoke of, taught Victor, β€œThat we are stewards of the land and responsible to future generations to preserve and perhaps enhance the natural resources. They also taught me that Mother Nature has a great ability to heal itself if allowed to.” Victor and his wife Donna live on the original Cherokee Indian Allotment of his great grandfather, Grant Victor. It was announced earlier this year by the Sand County Foundation that the Victor Ranch of Afton is the recipient of the Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award. In Oklahoma the award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, ITC Great Plains, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The national sponsor for Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award is American Farmland Trust. β€œI'm a fourth generation farmer/rancher,” Victor said. β€œThe homestead where I live was built in 1891. Horse Creek is a big part of the acreage and is one of the β€˜head waters’ of Grand Lake O' The Cherokees. The farm superseded Grand Lake by many years.” In the early 1980s Victor and his father noticed the great destruction of land with its erosion from cattle at water facilities, primarily ponds and creeks. β€œBy supplying water tanks and fencing off areas from cattle, we saw a quick and impressive recovery of land and water resources,” he said. β€œIt was then that I realized that I could make a difference.” However, you can roll time back a little more if you really want to talk about conservation on their place. β€œSome of the earliest steps in conservation programs were with my dad and my grandfather,” he said. β€œBack in what I want to think was the 1950s, they put a massive amount of the crop acreage in the β€˜Soil Bank’ program. It was later, a large sum of cropland was converted back to grassland, while other land was placed in the CRP program. I was not heavily involved, but learned from these early steps.” Today, conservation on his land in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma includes no till, minimum till, cropland conversion to grasses, pond water management, brush and thistle management, riparian areas along creeks (250 acres) for water quality and wildlife management, the planting of pecan orchards and cover crops. β€œThere are not many of the acres on the family farm that are not now better than before,” Victor said. β€œIt is a continuous job. Water quality has drastically improved.” That very subject is a perfect transition into some of his key present day interests and actions. Victor is currently serving on the Ottawa County Soil Conservation Board and the Ottawa County Farm Service Agency Board, but he is also currently serving with 20 other producers across the nation in an advisory position on water quality research funding. Victor has also been asked by the Grand River Dam Authority to be a spokesman showing and encouraging others to be involved in water quality programs. Plus, he has been involved in water quality education close to home. β€œThis past year I was part of a workshop about numerous programs including β€˜The Blue Thumb’ program,” he said. β€œWhat opened my eyes was that I was now with a majority of people that were not farmers or ranchers. They explained the programs that involved children in most settings of large cities. Later that afternoon, we went to my ranch and did projects in the creek. I was so impressed at what they could show and teach me about my own operation.” This was an eye-opener. β€œI have since realized the importance of urban and city people learning about agriculture, and about farmers and ranchers learning more about city people and their concerns,” he said. β€œI found out that we have so much in common.” Victor knows that such as understanding of rural and urban conservation is, well … timeless! Editor’s Note: The Oklahoma Blue Thumb Calendar highlights important information about conservation, has a featured producer(s) in the months of February through October, and provides contact information for both Blue Thumb staff and Conservation Districts. Plus, this year’s project includes an in-depth producer(s) feature story, such as the one you just read. If you would like a copy of the free 2021 Blue Thumb Calendar, please contact Blue Thumb Program Director Rebecca Bond at [email protected].
Great opportunity happening through the Craig County Conservation District & Ottawa County Conservation District on September 9th!
What is moved in pollination?
Thank you for to all our participants at the #AftonCampus Fishing Clinic last week! We had over 60 kids register! Also, a big thank you to our partners, Ottawa County Conservation District and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC).
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As we continue to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Shirley Hudson from the Ottawa County Conservation District, shared this great piece highlighting America Xiong, Soil Converaationits at the Jay Field Office.
What different forms can a forest take? #NACDSoilandWaterStewardship #HealthForestsHealthyCommunities #districtsSupportForestHealth
Looking for some native wildflowers to plant? This healthy stand of Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) in front of Hemlock Crossing County Park Nature Center will be thinned to provide space for other native plants. Stop by the nature center on Saturday, 9/19 from 12-1 pm to take a plant home with you. There is not a cost but we will accept donations to support the maintenance of the gardens. Our supply is limited, but if you miss this opportunity, you can place an order of native plants through the Ottawa County Conservation District plant sale: ottawacd.org/NativePlantSale.html
@GRDA expands conservation project to Grand Lake Β· Randy Krehbiel Β· Sep 9, 2020 Updated 8 hrs ago The Grand River Dam Authority has paid landowners more than $2 million in recent months to move livestock away from the Illinois River and now Grand Lake, GRDA officials said Wednesday. The state-owned utility expects to be reimbursed the expense through grants, said GRDA Vice President for Scenic Rivers and Water Quality Ed Fite, but in the meantime it’s been able to initiate a new phase in its efforts to reverse the effects of pollution in the Grand and Illinois watersheds. This phase involves obtaining conservation easements along sensitive waterways under GRDA management. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements, in this case between the GRDA and landowners, to restrict usage of land within the easements. Fite said this includes taking agricultural land out of production, keeping livestock out and forgoing all construction. The initiative has been underway for awhile on the Illinois River, and on Wednesday GRDA regents approved the first easement on Grand Lake. The 237-acre easement by Grant and Donna Victor of Afton is mostly on Horse Creek but also includes some land along the smaller Fly Creek, both near the north end of Grand Lake. GRDA officials said outbreaks of blue green algae over the past decade have been traced to Horse Creek. β€œHorse Creek is just under roughly 50 square miles of drainage,” Fite said. β€œWhen you drill down ... it is a perfect sandbox for all of us that like water quality to jump in. β€œYou have row crops. You have poultry operations. We have land application of waste from poultry operations. We have commercial fertilization. We also have a publicly owned wastewater treatment plant. The mix is just perfect for us to get in and start trying to hone in what these issues are,” Fite said. Fite and Darrell Townsend, vice president for ecosystems and watershed management, said scientists from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Northeastern A&M College will be involved in developing information about where and how pollutants enter Horse Creek. Fite noted that the blue green algae so despised by lake regulars is β€œa huge indication something is out of whack.” He pointed out the four serious outbreaks in the past decade have followed heavy rainfalls, and said he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. β€œThat’s telling me (rain runoff) is putting a slug of nutrients in the water,” he said. The monitoring on Horse Creek, Fite continued, should give scientists an indication whether those nutrients are primarily coming from one or two β€œpoint” sources or from many sources. Also on Thursday, the GRDA approved four other conservation easements totaling more than 180 acres along the Illinois River in Adair county. Fite said the GRDA now has conservation easements on almost 2,000 acres adjoining the Illinois, and would like to add several thousand more. The goal is to return the Illinois as much as possible to its natural surroundings. That means letting it rise above its banks when it floods and allowing vegetation to reestablish itself along the river’s course. That will not only help filter impurities from runoff but limit erosion, which has become an increasing problem. Fite, who for many years oversaw Illinois River preservation as head of the now-defunct Scenic Rivers Commission, sees current conservation as extensions of work that began almost 40 years ago. β€œIn 1983, there were 200,000 people in the Illinois watershed,” he said. β€œNow there are 700,000. In 2050-60 there will be 1.2-1.4 million. And yet the water quality has actually improved. β€œMy hope is we’ll be able to say we did the same for the Grand.” Ottawa County Conservation District NRCS Oklahoma Conservation Commission EPA Water