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New USDA Conservation Program Rewards Landowners for Protecting the Environment;
40 years after the first Earth Day a new and revolutionary Federal Farm Program will reward farmers and ranchers based on their efforts to protect soil, water, air and wildlife habitat. This new federal initiative, known as the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) represents a new and exciting area for Federal Farm Programs said Trey Lam, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) “CSP is a new and exciting alternative in the area of farm programs.”
“Instead of paying producers when commodity prices are low or paying producers based on production history, CSP will pay farmers and ranchers based on how they care for the environment," continued Lam. Learn more...
Ecoregions in Oklahoma
Mile for mile, Oklahoma offers the nation's most diverse terrain. With 12 distinct regions, it's one of only four states with more than 10 ecoregions, and has by far, the most per mile in America according to the EPA. Oklahoma's ecoregions - or, terrains/subclimates - include everything from Rocky Mountain foothills to cypress swamps, tall grass prairies, and hardwood forests to pine-covered mountains. Each is graced with wide blue lakes, rivers and streams. read more...
Invasive Plant Species Are A Growing Concern In Oklahoma Pastures
Have you ever heard of Kudzu, Salt cedar or Canadian thistle? All of these plants and many more are not native to Oklahoma and are dubbed "invasive species" or "noxious weeds" because they cause our state economic or environmental harm. These plants have few, if any, predators and can quickly dominate a field. These aggressive plants quickly outcompete the native plants in a field, sometimes rendering it useless pasture. Once these noxious weeds get into a field it is almost impossible to remove them permanently. Hence, the current strategy is through public awareness to stop any human-caused spread of these plants. You may learn more about invasive plant species from the newly formed Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council website. The Council is made up primarily of state and university professionals with the intent of tracking the entry and spread of new species and increasing public awareness.
What do I do with my household hazardous waste? and Where can I find hazardous waste collectors in Oklahoma?
Many Oklahoma communities are starting to schedule regular collection days for household hazardous waste. Click here to see if there are any in your area.
What do I do if I am concerned about possible hazardous waste on a property?
Report this immediately to the state's 24-hour Environmental Complaints Hotline at 1-800-522-0206 or you can report it online here.
What in the world is a 'brownfield'?
This program is managed by the DEQ. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Learn more…
How can I find out more about conserving agricultural land?
The Conservation Commission administers the Conservation Cost-Share Program. Learn more…
- Maps to Superfund sites (type your town of interest into the Search box)