• Beekeeping Workshop Recap

    Beekeeping Workshop Recap

  • Pollinator Workshop Recap

    Pollinator Workshop Recap

  • Ranch Scene
  • Conservation – Bald Eagle
  • Purple prairie clover

    Purple prairie clover is a showy native plant that attracts many pollinators.

  • Conservation – ranch view
  • Conservation


Our focus on the Kerr Center’s Stewardship Farm and Ranch is preservation of our precious natural resources.

We are located just south of Poteau in southeastern Oklahoma, in the Poteau River valley, in the foothills of the Quachita Mountains.

Our land base is the 4,000 acre Kerr Ranch, established by Senator Robert S. Kerr in the 1950s as the Kerrmac Ranch.

We have implemented best management practices to protect riparian areas (streams and ponds). Also ongoing are agroforestry projects and creation and maintenance of habitat for native pollinators.

The ranch is home to many kinds of wildlife. Birds include owls, hawks and bald eagles. Many kinds of ducks visit our wetlands– ponds, streams and the Poteau River. White tailed deer can be found browsing in the woods.

We carry on the conservation tradition of Senator Kerr, who wrote in his book Land, Wood, and Water about the beauty of southeastern Oklahoma, and his pride in helping to reforest the area.

2000: Merit Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society for protection of riparian areas on the Stewardship Ranch and for educating landowners about protecting their water and soil.

Conservation News/Tips and Recent Publications

  • Ag Census: Cover Crops on the Rise in Oklahoma

    The 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture – recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – showed that on a national scale, Oklahoma is 7th in the nation for the largest decrease in cropland acreage using conventional tillage practices.

  • Apply by Dec. 21 for NRCS Monarch Habitat Funding

    December 21 is the deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for funding from the current round of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial and technical assistance…

  • Neonics: Addictive – and Overused

    Neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, rank high among the many threats facing honeybees – so high that the European Union has banned three of the most widely used ones outright. Now, though, it turns out that…

  • Farms Under Threat

    Earlier this summer, American Farmland Trust released the report, “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland.” It contains hard evidence that America’s farmland is disappearing. AFT’s analysis shows that nearly twice the area of…

Learn About: Pollinators


Honeybee populations are declining. To help native pollinators fill the gap, the Kerr Center is managing pastures to increase pollinator habitat, and creating pollinator-friendly landscapes of native plants that attract native bees, flies, wasps, and butterflies such as the threatened Monarch.

Learn About: Stream/Pond Protection


Conservation buffer strips keep livestock away from stream edges. Stabilized crossings reduce the impact of vehicles and livestock on streams; limited-access watering points offer similar protection for ponds.

Learn About: Agroforestry


Trees can provide shade for cattle; cattle can provide a shorter-term income stream from timber plantations. Tree plantings also benefit wildlife, including pollinators. Establishment methods: contour planting, deep mulching, furrowing.

Learn About: Ranch Ecology & Management


The natural features of the Arkansas Valley eco-region – soils, topography, climate – set the limits within which the Kerr Ranch, and all other sustainable farms within it, must operate.



David Redhage
President/CEO; SARE PDP Program Manager