THE DISTRICT

The Rogers County Conservation District is one of 86 Conservation Districts in the state of Oklahoma. It is located in the northeast corner of the state and was established in 1941. The purpose of the Conservation District is to apply soil and water conservation practices on the land, to teach conservation, and to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the state of Oklahoma.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RCCD Board Members
RCCD Board Members

 

RCCD Board from left to right:  Ken Froese, Joe Parker (Secretary/Treasurer), George Fraley (Chair), Angie Harmon, Lyle Blakley (Vice-Chair)

 

A board of five conservation district directors (three elected and two appointed) governs the Conservation District.  Any resident of Rogers County, who is a registered voter in the county and signs a Cooperator agreement with the District may run for a place on the board.  Applications are taken the first two weeks in May and elections are held in June of each year.  

 

 


DISTRICT STAFF

Robert Gibbs - District Manager

Kipp Love - District Technician

Kim Arnold - Administrative Assistant 


CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

CONSERVATION COST-SHARE PROGRAM

Native Pasture
Native Pasture

The Oklahoma Legislature established the State Cost-Share Program in 1998 to assist land owners with conservation practices such as but not limited to herbaceous weed spraying, burning, grass planting, nutrient management, ponds and cross-fencing.  The District board obtains input from citizens and other local agencies to determine which conservation practices will be the most beneficial to its constituents and included in the current fiscal year's programs.  This past fiscal year the District has been working on State Cost-Share Program Year 23 and initiating Program Year 24.  Since the inception of this program, contracts have been developed with Rogers County providing $253,325.92 and landowners providing $326,682.23 for their share of the cost of the conservation practice totaling $580,008.15.  For more information....


YARD BY YARD PROGRAM

Urban home participating in the program
Urban home participating in the program

The Yard revolution has begun!  Thank you for your interest in becoming a good steward of your piece of Earth!  Through our Yard by Yard Community Resiliency Project, you will find not only support to do the right things for your yard and community, but also recognition for your efforts and the chance to encourage others.  You will get to enjoy wildlife neighbors like birds, butterflies and bees.  You will cut down the amount of waste going into a landfill.  You will enjoy the blossoms of native plants, savor the taste of home-grown fruits and vegetables, improve the health of your soil and conserve our most precious resource of all: water.  Please visit the Yard by Yard website for more information.......

CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAM

Visitors at the Reserve
Visitors at the Reserve

The Rogers County Conservation District partners with other districts, state agencies, federal agencies and private partners to convey the message of conservation and the importance of Oklahoma's natural resources in a variety of ways including:  Operating and managing the Rogers State University Conservation Education Reserve, assisting with educational activities in our community, assisting in educational activities in our state and maintaining a website, that contains among other things informational videos to further assist in conservation education.   The District has taught classes for 3,694 students of all ages this fiscal year with our numbers rising significantly if you count all of the general public that have walked our trails at the Reserve or have visited our website.  We also reach approximately 2300 people every year at the Rogers County Free Fair.  More information about the Reserve....


WATERSHED PROGRAM

Upstream Flood Control Structure in Rogers County
Upstream Flood Control Structure in Rogers County

A portion of northeast Rogers County lies within the Pryor Creek Watershed.  The District is the sponsor for this watershed program which has 6 flood control structures.  The goal of this program is making sure the dams function as they are designed and remain safe.  The District works with NRCS in making annual inspections of these flood control dams and providing maintenance work on the dams including:  clearing trees from the dam and earthen spillway, beaver control, mowing and repairing erosion problems.

ABANDONED MINE LAND PROGRAM

Completed Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program
Completed Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program

Rogers County has approximately one-half of all abandoned mine land in Oklahoma.  The District works closely with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Abandoned Mines and Land Reclamation Office to eliminate many hazards left from abandoned mined coal.  In Fiscal Year 22, the District assisted with 7 different AML sites.



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