Mixed-grass prairie at Oka' Yanahli Preserve in sourthern Oklahoma.
Mixed-grass prairie. Mixed-grass prairie at Oka' Yanahli Preserve in sourthern Oklahoma. © David Joshua Jennings

Stories in Oklahoma

2018 Year in Review


OK State Director, Mike Fuhr
Mike Fuhr OK State Director, Mike Fuhr © Katie Hawk/TNC

I hope you have had a wonderful 2018! Our annual report is the story about our successes over the past year that would not have happened without your continued support.

Just like economic investments, the results of our conservation work are intended to have long-term growth. From restoring iconic prairies to protecting important watersheds, our projects develop long-term results and appreciate in conservation and sustainability value.

How do we achieve long-term growth? We use the strategy of “Protect, Transform and Inspire.” We’ve always had a focus on protecting amazing places like those contained within our preserves. Land and water protection is in our blood and will continue to be for generations to come.

To ensure we expand our conservation footprint to address ever-growing conservation challenges, we must do more than protect land. Our preserves are still so important, but we must also use these places to transform the discussion about land management through research and experimentation on TNC’s preserves. That’s where we field test new ideas that can make a difference on private lands beyond our ownership. These field tests, the experience and the data we garner from them give us credibility.

Lastly, we use the information and credibility garnered from our work to inspire the discussions about conservation solutions that can be implemented on the millions of acres of private lands across Oklahoma and beyond. It’s this three-part strategy – Protect, Transform and Inspire – that has led to the successes highlighted in this report.

A big thank you to all of you who help support our work every year. Your donations and involvement help ensure the long-term growth of our conservation projects and a sustainable future for Oklahoma. As I always say (because it’s true), none of this would have happened without you.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events or at one of our amazing places. Thank you for all you do to support conservation!

Matt Pelikan, restoration ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, used Habitat Network principles to develop his yard as an oasis for wildlife on Martha’s Vineyard.
URBAN GARDENS TNC teams up with organizations, schools, businesses, and many more to build new pollinator habitat in their yards and communities. © Matt Pelikan/TNC



We share our science to help nature thrive in urban and rural communities. Such projects include the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy and Okies for Monarchs.

Hottonia Bottoms Preserve in Oklahoma
HOTTONIA BOTTOMS Hottonia Bottoms Preserve is the newest TNC preserve in Oklahoma and is one of the most biologically rich natural systems in our state. © Mike Fuhr/TNC



From the lush wetlands down south to the rugged Red Hills up north, we protect more than 105,000 acres throughout our great state via easements and ownership of 12 preserves, four of which are open to the public.

Young volunteers gather to show off their newly created nature maze at TNC's volunteer work day at Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa, OK.
VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS Youth volunteers come together after completing a nature-based playground project at Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa. © Larissa Balzer/TNC



We facilitate engagement with nature in rural and urban areas via our volunteer and outreach programs with Oklahomans of all ages.

Soil sampling a wetland in First State National Park, Delaware.
RETHINKING SOIL Healthy soils are also crucial for maintaining clean water supplies and mitigating climate change. © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)



The science-based projects on our properties and with local landowners and partners are aimed at land management approaches that help to lock up carbon from the atmosphere.

2018 Year in Review