We followed Chris Hise to the remote Nature Conservancy Preserve called the Four Canyons Preserve.
Chris Hise is totally dedicated and enthusiastic about this unique spot. He does all the work on the preserve by himself except for controlled burns which are critical to preserving this prairie, grassland habitat where trees were traditionally only in the ravines. More about our story there below this information on the preserve.
In time, the Conservancy will work cooperatively with other area landowners to conduct prescribed burns aimed at enhancing prairie habitat across the region. The critical habitat in and around the Four Canyon Preserve is home to one of Oklahoma's last remaining populations of the imperiled lesser prairie chicken. Successful management for this species will help sustain healthy populations of some of North America's most threatened grassland birds.
At the preserve we transferred all our gear to the fire truck for the preserve in order to get around the rugged terrain and back dirt roads.