Dolese Bros. Co. was among six organizations honored for their collaborative approach to conservation on the Blue River at the 22nd Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration held Nov. 1, 2012, by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.
Each organization was recognized with the "Team Builders Award" for help in creating The Nature Conservancy's newest preserve, Oka' Yanahli (Chickasaw for "water flowing"). The preserve consists of 490 acres along the Blue River in southern Oklahoma.
"The Oka' Yanahli Preserve is a prime example of how a variety of organizations can come together to synchronize their actions in a way that will ensure the future of water for nature and people," said Mike Fuhr, state director for the Nature Conservancy.
A critical source of water for Durant, the Blue River is crucial for setting a precedent of proper water management, giving the Conservancy a chance to establish means of ensuring sustainable use, opportunities for education and protection.
"We are glad we got the opportunity to partner with The Nature Conservancy and the other supporters of the Oka' Yanahli Preserve," Dolese President Mark Helm said. "The company realizes the importance of this region to local citizens, communities and industries, and takes seriously the need to act responsibly in conserving its natural resources. Our company believes the greatest conservation impacts will be made through the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders."
Dolese received the award along with The Nature Conservancy, Chickasaw Nation, Inasmuch Foundation, The Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg, Jr. Foundation, and Rudy and Deb Herrmann. All aided in helping the Conservancy purchase the land needed to establish the preserve.
More on the project can be found at The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma's website.