Staffing and Technical Assistance – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical assistance on grazing lands. More than 110 NRCS employees spend more than 50% of their time providing technical assistance on grazing lands across the state at the county level. Assistance includes planning and application of conservation systems and practices to facilitate management and improvement of grazing lands resources. NRCS has 13 designated grazing lands specialists and /or range conservationists at the field, multi-county and state level. To contact an NRCS field office near you, go to http://www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov/.
Forage Quality and Animal Nutrition Project
Special Initiatives / Efforts – Eastern Redcedar, Threatened and Endangered Species, Developing Burn Associations
Rancher / Stockman meetings – To identify issues and concerns and work with local and state agencies to address.
Support of State and National Range Judging Contests and Range and Wildlife academy for high school students.
All of these accomplishments are a result of a strong partnership of federal, state and local agencies, organizations, and producers. This is what GLCI is all about; working together, coordinating efforts and resources to accomplish a common goal of improved grazing lands.
Impacts of GLCI Efforts on people in Oklahoma
GLCI has brought awareness to grazing lands issues and concerns that are addressed through conservation programs, special initiatives and educational activities. The efforts of the OGLCA and its partnerships impact many Oklahomans. People are impacted directly (those who actually participate or are a direct recipient of services) and indirectly through increased food and fiber products, clean and dependable water supplies, improved wildlife habitat, recreation and overall economic and environmental stability in rural and urban Oklahoma.