Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Nature Conservancy Buys 3,100 Acres

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Nature Conservancy Buys 3,100 Acres

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CONNERVILLE - The Nature Conservancy and partners have purchased 3,100 acres of native prairie along the Blue River at Oka' Yanahli Preserve in Johnston County.

"Thanks to the support of our partners, this effort will not only conserve an important piece of Oklahoma's disappearing native landscape, but it will also secure water quantity and enhance water quality for regional users of the Blue River," said Mike Fuhr, state director for The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. "Over time, we will restore this land's prairie species using nature's own tools - rest, fire and grazing via cattle and hopefully native bison."

The preserve now protects almost 3,600 acres along 2 miles of the Blue River. The original 490 acres were purchased in December 2011.

Partners in the purchase of the 3,100 acres include the Chickasaw Nation, The Conservation Fund, U. …

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