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					Address: High Plains RC&D

                             Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance
                                                                                        Volume IV, Issue II         April – June 2008

         Buffalo, OK 73834
         PO Box 353
         #2 Miles Addition
                                                                             New GPT Sites
                                                                             The Great Plains Trail of
                                                                             Oklahoma is proud to introduce
                                                                             four new destinations to the
                                                                             GPT Map. These sites will be
                                                                             added to the new maps that are
                                                                             expected to be out by this fall.

                                                                             The Quebradas Ranch, north of
                                                                             Gage will join the Sand Hills
                                                                             Loop. Here you can enjoy a
                                                                             number of activities from
                                                                                                                                            The Red
                                                                             hunting to nature viewing. One
                                                                                                                    Bluff Inn, near Leedey joins
                                                                             of the state’s largest
                                                                                                                    the South Canadian Loop. This
                                                                             cottonwood tree sits next to a
                                                                                                                    location includes a beautiful
                                                                             spring-fed creek and is a must
                                                                                                                    lake that is home to belted
                                                                             see for any wildlife enthusiast.
                                                                                                                    kingfishers, wood ducks,
                                                                             You can even stay the night in
                                                                                                                    herons and many more. There
                                                                             the “Cowboy Shack”, a 2-
                                                                                                                    are a number of walking trails
                                                                             bedroom trailer decorated to fit
                                                                                                                    that lead through the rolling
                                                                             the atmosphere.
           PERMIT #23
           BUFFALO, OK 73834
           U.S. POSTAGE PAID

                                                                                                                    hills of this mixed grass prairie.
                                                                             The Gloss Mountain Loop                The food and accommodations
                                                                             welcomes the Western Cedar             are as excellent as the time you
                                                                             Hunting Preserve near                  will spend here.
                                                                             Mooreland. This beautiful
                                                                                                                    The Caddo Canyon loop adds
                                                                             hunting preserve has a bed and
                                                                                                                    the Prairie Canyon site .This
                                                                             breakfast with 640 acres of
                                                                                                                    private property is accessible
                                                                             prime quail and pheasant
                                                                                                                    via a guided tour and is a mix
                                                                             shooting and bird watching.
                                                                                                                    of upland prairie and deep
                                                                             This is an excellent place to
                                                                                                                    canyons that you may enjoy
                                                                             spend a weekend of fun for
                                                                                                                    walking or driving.
                                                                             everyone in the family.




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(GPT cont.)                            The Expo is a great time for the
This land is home to bobcats,          whole family!
whitetail deer, wild turkey and
even beavers. Bird watching is
also excellent in this well
balanced piece of nature.
Come experience the Great              2009 Photo Contest
Plains Trail of Oklahoma,              NOTICE: The rules for a
every crest of a hill or bend in       photo contest for pictures taken
the road, allows you new               within each loop will be
wildlife viewing opportunities         announced at EXPO and will
to enjoy!                              be published in the next

                                                                                                                                                                                                           OWPHA Membership Form
                                       newsletter. Please watch for
OWPHA Website                          them and please be taking is the                   pictures within any loop to

                                                                                                                               AMOUNT OF DUES
address for the website.

                                       enter into the contest.
Changes are made weekly to
keep everything current. Web           DID YOU KNOW: The
wizard Sue Hokanson would              South Canadian Loop was
appreciate having the dates of         selected to be a pilot project for
community events or                    Oklahoma State University's
environmental group meetings           newly revamped PRIDE
to post.                               project. One of the loop leaders

                                                                                                 Optional (deductible)
                                                                                                 Check Cash (Non-deductible)
                                                                                                 Check Cash (Non-deductible)
                                       will present more information
                                       on PRIDE at an upcoming GPT
                                       meeting. PRIDE can add to the

                                       advertising of you loop in a
                                       way nothing else can.

Wildlife Expo                          OWPHA Brochure
The 4th annual Oklahoma                Coming this summer: the new
Wildlife Expo will be held             OWPHA Brochure! Through a
September 26-28, 2008 at the           cooperative venture between
Lazy E Arena. OWPHA will               OWPHA and Red Carpet
participate by having an               Country, a new full color
Educational Booth set up for           brochure will be produced.
The Great Plains Safari Game.

Eastern Red Cedar from                         concern to wildlife groups, whether it             Icon Species:                             Great Plains Trail of
Peril to Profit was held July 8-9              is removed for use by some business                                                               Oklahoma
                                               of whether it is removed by fire, is            Great Plains Trail of
at the Moore Norman Technology                                                                     Oklahoma                                 South Canadian Loop
Center in Oklahoma City. The                   not of mayor concern to those groups.
purpose of the conference was to               Removal of the Eastern Red Cedar is              Salt Plains Loop
discuss the pros and cons of Eastern           their major concern.
Red Cedar and to discuss "The
Hazardous Fuel Removal for                     OWPHA Membership
Economic Development Project".                 What does one get for being a
The research for that project was              member of OWPHA?
primarily carried out just north of the        Individuals receive the
North Canadian River in Woodward
                                               OWPHA decal, the soon to be                                                                 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
County. Among other findings were                                                                   Snowy Plover                                (Tyrannus forficatus)
that we do have a problem with                 printed OWPHA brochure, this                    (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Eastern Red Cedar (ERC), they do               quarterly newsletter, the right                                                         Oklahoma’s State Bird is easily
affect the quality of water, they affect       to attend quarterly Board                 This small shorebird is commonly              identified by its long tail and its “sky
in a major way the quantity of water                                                     found at the beach, alkaline lakes, salt      dance”. This neo-tropical bird,
                                               meetings and the Annual                   flats, dunes or river sand bars. In
that is not getting into the ground,                                                                                                   winters in tropical areas of Central
because of the ERC range production
                                               meeting in January. What does             northern Oklahoma, large numbers              and South America, returning each
is greatly reduced, land values are            it cost? Just $20.00 per year.            can be observed at the salt flats at the      spring to the prairies to court and
decreased, human allergies and health          Have you paid your 2008 dues?             Great Salt Plains                             raise their young.
problems have increased and there
has been major degradation of                  OWPHA Partners                            The salt flats, at first glance, are not      Like its common name states, this
wildlife habitat.                                                                        very hospitable places for this small         bird has a long tail that looks like a
                                               High Pains RC & D                         bird to live. The standing water is too       pair of scissors in action and it eats
There are opportunities in the area of
                                                          salty to drink, the wind blows hot and        flies. Well not just flies but also
cedar removal which would create                                                         dry, there is very little vegetation for      grasshoppers, bees, wasps and even
businesses and jobs. Removal of                Oklahoma Department of                    shade or shelter.                             spiders on the ground. The scissortail
ERC would increase land values,                Wildlife Conservation                                                                   can be spotted sitting on fence rows
increase land productivity, increase                                                     So what does this shorebird do to             or power lines, looking for its next
                                               (ODWC)                                    survive? It does NOT drink the salty
ground water, increase stream water                                                                                                    meal!
                                                      water; most of its water comes from
and increase water delivered
downstream to lake and to cities.                                                        the animals the bird eats: mostly             When migrating, the Scissortail, like
                                               Playa Lakes Joint Venture                 insects (flies & beetles) and worms.          most songbirds, flies at night. During
As few as three ERC per acre will                                  It spends most of it’s time near the          the day they rest and eat and eat and
impact wildlife. The plots in the                                                        water where it is slightly cooler.            eat. It takes a lot of insects to fuel a
research area in Woodward County               Oklahoma Tourism &                        When the bird gets really hot, it cools       whole night’s worth of flying!
averaged 426 ERC per acre. Each                                                          off by standing in the water!
                                               Recreation Department                                                                   Size: 11-15” in length (with a tail
ERC averages using 35 gallons of
water per day 365 days per year. The           (OTRD)                                    Size: 6.25” in length                         almost 9 inches long)
ERC is growing at a rate such that                             Description: light in color above;            Description: light grayish above;
they are covering more than 700 acres                                                    dark ear patches; dark legs; long, thin       bright salmon colored belly & sides;
per day with was is called canopy              Please visit their websites to see what   bill.                                         tail long, deeply forked black &
cover, killing grasses and preventing          other great things they are doing!        Season: spring to early fall                  white.
the growth of any other plant life.                                                                                                    Season: spring to early fall
Removal of the ERC is of primary

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Calendar of Events                    BioBlitz is a rapid inventory                                         Keitha’s Comments                       being able to keep OWPHA
Eastern Red Cedar: From               with volunteers counting as                                                                                   going so if you haven’t
Peril to Profit Conference            many species as possible in 24                                        Hi Fellow Wildlife and Prairie          renewed this year it’s not too
July 8 & 9, 2008 at the Moore-        consecutive hours.                                                    Heritage Enthusiast!                    late!
Norman Tech Center in Moore,
Oklahoma. The High Plains RC          /BioBlitz2008                                                         This is just a quick note to let        Where else can you get
&D hosted this excellent                                                                                    you know the exciting progress          WORLDWIDE advertising for
conference and quite a few of         High Plains RC&D meeting                                              being made by your Alliance.            only $20 a year?
OWPHA’s members attended.             September 17, 2008, 10:00am
OWPHA also had a display and          at the Board Room at the                                              New Sites have been added to            Keep the Faith! Conservation
literature available.                 USDA/NRCS Office in                                                   the Great Plains Trail and will         and Preservation are still an                 Buffalo.                                                              be on the 2nd printing of the           important part of everyone’s
                                                                             Map coming out this fall.               life.
Great Plains Trail Meeting                                                                                  More requests are being
On July 30th at the Boiling           Oklahoma's Statewide                                                  received and we’ll be assessing         Take care,
Springs State Park, Group             Women in Agriculture &                                                them as soon as possible, to try        Keitha Dale
Camp I, there will be a meeting       Small Business Conference,                                            and get them included in this           OWPHA Chair
of the Great Plains Trail             September 18-19, Moore                                                map reprinting. Thanks
Committee. Melynda Hickman            Norman Technology Center,                                             goodness we have the website
will be presiding over the            OKC. This years theme is                                              that can update new info                Oklahoma PRIDE Training
meeting. Topics on the agenda         “Managing Risk Successfully”.                                         without having to wait for
include the reprinting of the                                                another map printing.                   Producing Resourceful, Informed,
map and reconfiguration of the                                                                              Also we’re nearing completion                 Devoted Employees
                                      October 8th OWPHA meeting                                             of purchasing another playa,
loops. All GPT Loop Leaders
                                      Will be held in the Woodward                                          enabling another community
are urged to attend.                                                                                                                                The OSU website says it best:
                                      ODWC offices.                                                         with the ability to save a              “When good hospitality
Great Plains RC&D meeting                                                                                   shrinking habitat so necessary          spreads throughout your
                                      Youth Outdoor Expo
August 19th, 9:30 AM at the           October 11, 2008, Sayre will be
                                                                                                            for prairie birds and wildlife as       community, everybody wins!
Board Room at the USDA/                                                                                     well as grasses.                        With this workshop, you'll get a
                                      hosting their 3rd annual Youth
NRCS Office in Cordell.               Outdoor Expo                                                                                                  package deal—“how-to”s and                                                                                      Check out to              materials--so you can give
                                      The USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and          see the new policies and                excellent presentations about
                                      activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age,
BioBlitz! 2008,                       disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial       procedures adopted at the last          Oklahoma PRIDE to civic and
                                      status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic
September 12-13 at the Salt           information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of   quarterly meeting. The website          other groups.”
                                      an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance
Plains National Wildlife              program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs)             is updated weekly so if your  
                                      Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
Refuge & Great Salt Plains            communication of program information (Braille, large print,           loop has an event, be sure to
                                      audiotape, etc) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202)
State Park                            720-2600. To file a complaint of discrimination write to              take advantage of posting it on
                                      USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
                                      Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-           the website. Your membership
                                      3272 or (202) 720-6382. USDA is an Equal Opportunity
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