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AGRITOURISM--Agritourism operators in Oklahoma are finding there are benefits of a down economy. High fuel prices have caused many visitors to look to the tourist opportunities in their backyards, rather than drive across country to a vacation destination. Hunting lodges, wineries and wildlife tours are just some of the ventures that are planning to expand their offerings to take advantage of the trend. (Photos courtesy Oklahoma Tourism, Legends Vineyard and Winery, and Oklahoma Buffalo Tours. Journal stock photo by Kylene Orebaugh.)

WILDLIFE VIEWING--Many farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma utilize the natural resources available to them in their agritourism ventures. Besides serving as a vacation opportunity, many also choose to add some educational resources to teach visitors about the land, wildlife and culture of the High Plains. (Photo courtesy Oklahoma Tourism.)

WESTERN HERITAGE--Some agritourism businesses capitalize on the draw of Western heritage and the image of the cowboy. (Photo courtesy Oklahoma Tourism.)

Date: 9/18/08

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