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KNED Keep Oklahoma Beautiful finalist

The Kaw Nation Environmental Department was named a finalist for a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award for its Beaver Creek Wetland outreach program on Tuesday.

KNED was nominated under the tribal government category for its educational outreach. Since 2011, the department has brought classes of middle school age children from area schools to the wetland east of Kaw City to teach them about its role in the ecosystem.

This May, KNED brought classes from Blackwell Middle School, Braman School, Shidler Middle School and Newkirk Middle School to the wetland. Students participated in plant identification, water sampling and soil study activities.

Beaver Creek Wetland is the only wetland in the north central Oklahoma. KNED maintains the wetland throughout the year by performing prescribed burns, mowing grass and monitoring water quality in Beaver Creek.

KNED was a finalist last year for the wetland program, but did not win.

The Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards will be presented on Nov. 20 at the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

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