About Us


The Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (OWPHA) was formed to provide enhanced coordination, cooperation and communication to conserve the short and mixed grass prairie's diverse habitat and unique wildlife which is found in Western Oklahoma. 
The OWPHA distributes information to assist landowners, informs the region's communities and businesses, and serves as a conduit for wildlife and prairie heritage programming opportunities for the area. 
The OWPHA's main objective is to bridge the gap between programs and projects. OWPHA covers 30 counties of Western Oklahoma.

Receives support from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation & 

                     High Plains RC&D


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Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance Officers & Coordinator

Mike Caywood
Park Manager
Alabaster Caverns State Park

Freedom, OK 73842
Ph.(580) 621-3381 

Larry Wiemers
Biologist - ODWC
Freedom, OK 73842
Ph. (580)589-2664 
Office 405/990-7206 
Coleta Bratten
Dewey Co. Landowner
Taloga, OK 73667
Ph. (580)328-5366

OWPHA CoordinatorLarry Wright


 Lesser Prairie Chickens once darkened the skies over Oklahoma's high plains. But today's remaining flocks are few, fragmented and failing. The problem is habitat loss. As our native grasslands decline, species like the lesser prairie chicken suffer Our vanishing prairie wildlife needs help. That is why farmers and ranchers throughout the high plains region have taken a stand: no more declining wildlife populations on their watch. Working together, these Oklahomans have saved critical habitat through scientific management and a strong conservation ethic. They are your neighbors-who are making a big difference. They are doing their part to conserve our high plains natural heritage before time runs out.



Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance 
"Where conservation begins at our own grassroots"

Join the Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance and Show Your Support for Wildlife and Heritage Conservation! Membership shall consist of an individual, or person of an organization or agency who wishes to support the OWPHA Annual membership dues are renewable each January and should be paid to OWPHA. Members will be kept informed about activities and receive periodical up-dates on OWPHA projects. Members are welcome to attend and participate in all meetings and functions. Watch the website calendar for upcoming events. 

Organizational Dues ... $100.00 per year
Business Dues ... $50.00 per year
Individual Dues ... $20.00 per year

Click here to download a membership form

Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance Board of Directors

Diann Adams - Harper Co. Landowner

Judy Bivings - Dewey Co Landowner

Coleta Bratten - Dewey Co. Landowner

Mike Caywood - Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

Tucker Heglin - Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

Melynda Hickman - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Sue Hokanson - Quartz Mountain Nature Park

Larry Weimers - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation


Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance Coordinator

Larry Wright - Caddo County Landowner


Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance Advisory Committee

J.D. Strong - Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Richard Zahm - National Park Service

Amber Zimmerman - National Wildlife Refuge System


2021 OWPHA Meeting Dates and Locations


                      January 26, 2021 - Dewey County Fairgrounds, Taloga

                      April 27, 2021 - Virtual Conference - Explore the Open Road on the Great                                                                                                     Plains Trail of Oklahoma

                      July 27, 2021 - High Plains RC&D, Buffalo

                      October 26, 2021 - Hackberry Flat WMA, Frederick