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How You Can Help

Did you know there are many simple things you can do at home to be a good steward of the environment?  Here are a few of the many tips to keep in mind and put into practice: 

Recycle as many items as possible including plastic, paper, metal, and glass. If you live in the Texoma area and do not have curbside recycling, the Choctaw Nation offers a huge center specifically for recycling that accepts everything except glass.  You can find them at: Choctaw Nation Recycling Center, 3408 Wes Watkins Blvd., Durant, OK 74701 (580)920-0488 

Protect our drinking water by eliminating the use of chemicals, oils, and pesticides whenever possible – in the yard, for cleaning, maintaining equipment, etc.

Conserve water - use low-flow faucets and toilets and water outside areas very sparingly. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  Outdoors, collect rainwater to use when watering plants.  Consider installing rain barrels to catch rain-runoff from house gutters.

Manage your home thermostat by setting the heat to come on at 68 degrees or lower during winter and have the air conditioner set to 78 or higher during summer months. Using less electricity is good for the environment and for your wallet!

Consider installing solar panels to power items such as hot water heaters or lighting.

For more information visit the EPA here.

 

To help the National Wildlife Refuge System: 


Purchase a Federal Duck Stamp 

Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps,” are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They were originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl.  Today, Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm 


Get a Pass!  

The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers recreation opportunities on public lands managed by four Department of the Interior agencies – the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation, and by the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service. One hundred percent of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation sites will directly benefit the selling agency and no less than 80 percent of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass was sold.  The pass applies to those locations that currently have entrance or standard amenity fees. http://www.doi.gov/tourists/get-a-pass.cfm 

 

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2012
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