Poultry Companies Present $275,000 Check to Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission

Members of the poultry industry presented a $275,000 check to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission following a daylong clean up event at the Illinois River. This gift was part of a $1.1 million donation pledged to the OSRC in 2005 to be paid over four years.

The clean up project included approximately 200 volunteers who floated down the river in canoes and picked up trashed along the way. Over fifty of the volunteers were wearing bright green shirts that read “Poultry Industry Does Its Part” as they represented the five poultry companies that made the donation: Tyson Inc., Simmons Foods Inc., George’s Inc., Cargill Turkey Production LLC, and Peterson Farms Inc.

The goal of the clean up was to restore the condition of the river after a busy summer season. Volunteers for the cleanup were given lunch, a free T-shirt and a chance to win two “Old Town” kayaks.

Clean up volunteers representing the poultry companies presented a check to Bill Blackard, chairman of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission at Peyton’s Place, the final stop of the cleanup trip.

“We thank the poultry companies for this generous gift. This gift will help improve the facilities as well as the river itself,” Ed Fite, OSRC Administrator, said.

Fite stated that the OSRC may receive as much as $5 million total because of the poultry companies’ gift, citing the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that provides $4 for every $1 the OSRC spends in specific conservation practices.

“We are happy that we can help beautify the Illinois River,” Morrill Harriman, executive vice president of the Poultry Federation, said. “We care about this river, and we care about keeping it clean.”

The clean up was sponsored by Armstrong Bank, Georgia-Pacific Paper, Reasor’s Food Warehouse, Poultry Community Council, Poultry Partners, STIR (Save the Illinois River), Hart’s LLC, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission (CNEPC). The canoes were provided by the Illinois River Association.
– Members of the poultry industry presented a $275,000 check to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission following a daylong clean up event at the Illinois River. This gift was part of a $1.1 million donation pledged to the OSRC in 2005 to be paid over four years.

The clean up project included approximately 200 volunteers who floated down the river in canoes and picked up trashed along the way. Over fifty of the volunteers were wearing bright green shirts that read “Poultry Industry Does Its Part” as they represented the five poultry companies that made the donation: Tyson Inc., Simmons Foods Inc., George’s Inc., Cargill Turkey Production LLC, and Peterson Farms Inc.

The goal of the clean up was to restore the condition of the river after a busy summer season. Volunteers for the cleanup were given lunch, a free T-shirt and a chance to win two “Old Town” kayaks.

Clean up volunteers representing the poultry companies presented a check to Bill Blackard, chairman of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission at Peyton’s Place, the final stop of the cleanup trip.

“We thank the poultry companies for this generous gift. This gift will help improve the facilities as well as the river itself,” Ed Fite, OSRC Administrator, said.

Fite stated that the OSRC may receive as much as $5 million total because of the poultry companies’ gift, citing the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that provides $4 for every $1 the OSRC spends in specific conservation practices.

“We are happy that we can help beautify the Illinois River,” Morrill Harriman, executive vice president of the Poultry Federation, said. “We care about this river, and we care about keeping it clean.”

The clean up was sponsored by Armstrong Bank, Georgia-Pacific Paper, Reasor’s Food Warehouse, Poultry Community Council, Poultry Partners, STIR (Save the Illinois River), Hart’s LLC, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission (CNEPC). The canoes were provided by the Illinois River Association.



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