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Nickel Preserve field tour 'one-stop shopping' for valuable landowner info


Landowners in and around northeastern Oklahoma can pick up valuable tips for getting the most out of their natural resources by attending the Fire, Wildlife, Timber and Cattle Grazing Field Tour on Oct. 13 at the Nickel Preserve.

The tour will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event, which is being sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Oklahoma State University department of natural resource ecology and management.

Terry Bidwell, OSU Cooperative Extension rangeland specialist, recommends that landowners put the field tour on their calendars now.

"October may seem like a long way off but it will be here almost before any of us realize it," he said. "The field tour is essentially one-stop shopping for information that is too valuable for landowners not to know."

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to use prescribed fire, timber harvest and cattle grazing to meet land management objectives; the best ways to restore hay meadows to native prairie; integrated timber, livestock and wildfire management; stocking rate and carrying capacity considerations for running cattle; and ways to maintain and promote overall forest health.

Also included will be a history of the Nickel Preserve and some of the many land use and efficiency insights and benefits that research on its 17,000 acres has yielded.

"We want to share some of our experiences relative to enhancing wildlife habitat that can also provide income to landowners through better grazing or haying," said Chris Wilson, preserve director for The Nature Conservancy.

Sessions will be led by Wilson; Bidwell; Dwayne Elmore, OSU Cooperative Extension wildlife management specialist; and Luke Bell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.

Anyone seeking additional information about the October field tour at the Nickel Preserve should contact Wilson by e-mail at cwilson@tnc.org or by phone at 918-456-7601, or Bidwell by e-mail at terry.bidwell@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-9618.

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