Oklahomans Receive Award for Collaboration on the Blue River
Oka'Yanahli Preserve on the Blue River near Ada, Oklahoma | November 02, 2012
Oklahoma State Director, Mike Fuhr and Oka'Yanahli Preserve Director, Jona Tucker
Six groups of Oklahomans were honored for their collaborative approach to conservation on the Blue River at the 22nd Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration held on November 1, 2012 by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. The Nature Conservancy, Chickasaw Nation, Inasmuch Foundation, The Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg, Jr. Foundation, Dolese Bros. Co., and Rudy & Deb Herrmann were each recognized with the “Team Builders Award” for their partnership this past year on the Conservancy’s newest preserve Oka’ Yanahli (oh-kuh yuh-nawlee), which means “water flowing” in Chickasaw.
Supporters attending the Oka’ Yanahli dedication ceremony on March 31, 2012 gather in front of banner utilized to unveil the name of the preserve. From L-R: State Director Mike Fuhr, TNC; Neal McCaleb, Chickasaw Nation; Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation; Legislator Mary Jo Green, Chickasaw Nation; Legislator Dean McManus, Chickasaw Nation; Legislator Katie Case, Chickasaw Nation; Legislator Beth Alexander, Chickasaw Nation; Legislator Toby Perkins, Chickasaw Nation; Preserve Director Jona Tucker, TNC.
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