Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma has officially joined the National Wildlife Federation as an affiliate member organization. It unanimously voted in as an affiliate at the most recent Board of Directors meeting and have officially joined the Federation as of April 18, 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma into the National
Wildlife Federation family,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “CCO pulls together a powerful coalition of Oklahoma conservation organizations to advocate on behalf of wildlife and the land and water upon which they depend. Together with 50 sister state and territorial affiliate organizations that comprise the National Wildlife Federation, Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma will be an essential partner in a nationwide grassroots conservation army that is working hard every day to unifying Americans to ensure wildlife survive and thrive.”
The Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma is young but exciting organization with a focus on monitoring and engaging with the Oklahoma legislature as well as ensuring that there is a next generation of conservationists. The CCO is an alliance of organizations created to engage conservation groups, communities of faith, youth service organizations, hunters, anglers, farmers and businesses throughout Oklahoma to work together on conservation issues important to Oklahoma. The Coalition is currently involved in legislatively referred constitutional amendment – State Question 777. If passed by the voters, it would change the constitution and stop legislators from passing any laws in the future which would curtail the right of farmers and ranchers “to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices” without a compelling state interest.
“Being an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation is very exciting for us,” said Ron Suttles, chair of the board of directors for the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma. “It is empowering and gratifying to be part of such a wonderful network of organizations already affiliated with The National Wildlife Federation. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the NWF family and look forward to many great collaborations on behalf of wildlife, conservation, and the environment.”
Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma will be joining the South Central Region, working closely on similar conservation work with affiliates in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the Virgin Islands. “The Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma is a wonderful addition to the NWF South Central Region’s affiliates,” said Susan Kaderka, NWF South Central regional executive director. “We are already collaborating with CCO on a whole range of issues, from promoting efforts to recover the monarch butterfly to fighting ballot initiatives that would cripple the state’s ability to protect its natural resources. We are fortunate to have such an engaged, effective new partner in safeguarding wildlife in Oklahoma.”