The WaTER Center at the University of Oklahoma is calling for abstracts for their biennial conference and awards banquet to be held September 26-27th. They have expanded their session topics and look forward to welcoming new participants to their professional meeting. The conference will be virtual, but the award banquet will be an exciting in-person event! For more information about their organization and their conference please visit https://www.ou.edu/coe/centers/water


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Updated: Mar 3

Yesterday, the Oka' Institute was able to go help on a prescribed burn. It was amazing to see the collaboration between our partners in Murry Country on a prescribed fire. Special thanks to


Alan Peoples, The Oka' Institute

Leon Rushing, Arbuckle Rangeland Restoration Association

Ken Gee, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture

Ethan McJames, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Larry Keenan, Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Association

Ty Albright, Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Association

Mike Ranallo, Arbuckle Rangeland Restoration Association

Jerry Lancaster Jr., Arbuckle Rangeland Restoration Association

Steven Jolly, Arbuckle Master Conservancy District

Jerry Bridger, Arbuckle Master Conservancy District


As you can see with the help of each other and the great equipment they worked a controlled burn on a local property with great success! If you would like more information please contact:

Alan Peoples, The Oka’ Institute

Office: 580-559-5151

Cell: 405-590-2581

Email: apeoples@ecok.edu




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The Oka' Institute is excited to announce we are now taking project proposals for our 2022 Summer Research Opportunity for faculty of East Central University. The goal of the program is to promote sustainability through water-based research. This research gives undergraduate students a chance to experience out of the classroom research with faculty mentors. If selected the professor and research assistants will receive a monetary stipend and allotment for expenses to complete the proposed research. Project proposals will be due March 31st, 2022. To find out more on this opportunity, please visit: https://www.okainstitute.org/summer-research-application-info

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