Oklahoma Conservation Task Force to Host Conservation Summit to Enhance OK's Natural HeritageWed, 02 Aug 2017 10:27:04 CDT
The Oklahoma Conservation Task Force will host a Conservation Summit from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 18, 2017 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center South Penn campus, located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City.
The summit is open to individuals and organizations engaged in conservation to share successes and plan future collaborations to enhance Oklahoma’s natural heritage. Congressman Frank Lucas will begin the day with a national perspective of conservation policy. The afternoon will consist of break-out sessions to address the state’s conservation issues. For the full agenda, please click here.
“As urban areas continue to grow, land and water resources are depleting,” said Tom Coon, Ph.D., vice president, dean and director of Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “It’s important we all do our part as a united team to conserve, protect and restore Oklahoma’s natural resources. This is the next step in toward advancing our conservation efforts across the state.”
The task force is comprised of eight organizations, each dedicated to natural resource stewardship: The Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council.
“The Noble Research Institute was established on the fundamental belief that the land and the soil are the most important resources and that it is our duty to keep it healthy and productive for future generations,” said Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Research Institute. “Each of the contributing organizations to this task force agree that conservation of our natural resources is critical to healthy lands and ultimately impacts all Oklahomans.”
This statewide effort will focus on three collaborative objectives: enhance the development of conservation in Oklahoma, coordination of research, and communication. In addition, the task force will identify and address major state conservation goals, develop models of success for specific topics, and develop informational resources and messaging to provide critical information to the general public, those involved in conservation, and the next generation.
“Each organization involved plays a role in conserving Oklahoma’s vast resources, and we want to bring together all of those resources to better serve our great state,” said Trey Lam, Oklahoma Conservation Commission executive director. “As state organizations go through budget cuts, it’s just as important to come together to address the conservation needs and look for new ways to expand our impact through collaboration.”
There is no registration fee, but preregistered in required. For more information and to register, please click here.
Source - Noble Research Institute
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