P.O. Box 353#2 Miles Addition Buffalo, OK 73834-0353
People working together to accomplish locally led conservation and development of natural resources and the economic development of our communities.
Serve as an advocate for area and community improvement. Supports the conservation, development, and utilization of natural resources to improve the general level of economic activity and to enhance the environment and standard of living.
Goals and Objectives:
To improve land conservation in the area Improve water management, use and conservation, Improve community and economic development, and Improve land management.
High Plains RC&D has been involved in many projects development. There has been increasing demand for cedar lumber and not enough active sawmills to meet the demand. High Plains RC&D obtained grant funds to purchase a sawmill, solar drying kiln, and planer. This equipment has been obtained and has been leased to a small business in Dewey County who will manufacture cedar lumber that will be for sale to the general public. This project creates two additional jobs for the region.
Great Plains Wildlife Heritage Trail
High Plains RCD has led the efforts to create a regional wildlife viewing trail in Western Oklahoma to promote tourism with the potential to add several hundred million dollars to Oklahoma economy.
High Plains RC&D has one of six nationally designated Biomass projects. When funded, the project will convert CRP grasses into pellets to burn with high sulfur coal to produce electricity.
When a petition was filed to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as an endangered species High Plains RC&D lead an effort to prevent the species from being listed as endangered. High Plains RC&D joined the High Plains Partnership, made up of five states from the Western Governors Association, to determine why the LPC was declining and what could be done to prevent the LPC from being listed as endangered. The result has been that in four years a 100,000 private land acres and 22,000 public land acres are in voluntary habitat improvement programs in the High Plains area with over $1.27 million to be used on research and cost share assistance. Today the LPC is a species at risk, and not endangered.