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The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America.

The Nature Conservancy has worked to conserve Oklahoma’s magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity since 1986. Using a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, we identify landscapes that, if conserved, promise to conserve biodiversity over the long term. The Oklahoma Chapter owns or protects 12 preserves totaling over 90,000 acres (140 square miles).

Our work to preserve the state's diverse habitats has resulted in a number of awards. Learn more ►

There are many organizations involved in the conservation effort in Oklahoma. Learn more ►

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Eastern Oklahoma's Rolling Cookson Hills

A trip to the J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve is something straight out of a fairytale forest, with deer frolicking through the trees and a gentle stream bringing out all types of woodland creatures. Turkey and elk can be seen throughout the forested landscape, and many different bird species use the space as a breeding ground and migratory route.

Pontotoc Ridge Preserve Video

Pontotoc Ridge Preserve is the epitome of ecological diversity. Located in south-central Oklahoma, the preserve’s 2,900-acre landscape features a vast array of flora and fauna. Pontotoc Ridge is also special in that its rugged beauty has been completely maintained — there are no permanent roads, no power lines and all traffic through the area is strictly controlled.

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