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Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge
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Deep Fork NWR News

Deep Fork NWR Gains Land Thanks To Trust for Public Land
Bob Germany

The Trust for Public Land recently acquired a 1/2 acre parcel of land to be added to the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Okmulgee. The parcel has been a primary southern entry point to the refuge and was being foreclosed by a mortgage company. TPL moved to acquire the land and hold it until it could be added to the refuge. TPL is a national, non-profit organization working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well being. Thank you, thank you Trust for Public Land! Now, Deep Fork has permanent southern access. Learn more about the Trust for Public Land at


Friends of the Deep Fork NWR Organizational Meeting
Gail Storey

A meeting was held on Saturday, November 10, 2001 in Okmulgee to work toward the establishment of a friends group for the refuge. Included were the refuge staff, volunteers from Wisconsin representing the National Wildlife Refuge Assoc, an independent organization which works to establish such friends groups and community members Lenard Thomas, John La Chance, Carolyn Mathews, Pat Dolan, Jack Blair, and Gail Storey .

Tulsa Audubon Society was instrumental in the formation of this group. The Society paid for dinner on Friday, for beverages, and for the barbecue lunch. The money for this came from payment received for conducting the two bird surveys in the fall of 2000 and spring of 2001. Please follow the link above for Gail's complete story about this important meeting.

TAS Conducts Birds Surveys For Deep Fork
Gail Storey

For several years, members of the Tulsa Audubon Society have conducted surveys of wintering and breeding birds in the refuge. These surveys have provided important data for the refuge. Last year TAS adopted the Deep Fork as part of the Audubon Refuge Keepers Program. In 2001, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to budget a sum of money to conduct a winter survey and a breeding bird census at the refuge. A group of dedicated members of the Tulsa Audubon Society conducted these counts. In August, TAS received a check for $1500 in payment. The board of directors agreed that we would use this money to help with projects at the refuge when needed.


About the Deep Fork NWR

Fish and Wildlife Service Web SiteDeep Fork NWR
Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 816
Okmulgee, OK 74447

Phone: 918-756-0815


The ARK Program

National Audubon Society's Audubon Refuge Keeper (ARK) Program is a core component of the Wildlife Refuge Campaign that seeks to build public awareness and appreciation for our national wildlife refuges.

The ARK name grew out of the ever-increasing role of wildlife refuges as the last bastion against habitat loss and extinction for birds, wildlife and plant species. With more than 500 refuges and 92 million acres, the National Wildlife Refuge System is the only network of public lands dedicated primarily to the conservation of birds, wildlife and their habitat.

The ARK program picks up where Audubon's earlier Adopt-a-Refuge program left off, and involves more comprehensive recruitment, training and organizational development components



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