• 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

  • Eastern Oklahoma Bat Tests Positive for White-nose Syndrome

    White-nose syndrome has been confirmed for the first time in Oklahoma, making it the 31st state with the deadly disease that affects hibernating bats. Bats play an important ecological role; each bat can eat up to 3,000 insects, including mosquitoes and agricultural pests, in a single night. Biologists are concerned about how white-nose syndrome will affect the bat populations in the future.

  • Native Prairie Prescribed Burn

    March fires bring April flowers – if the rains are right! This spring the Kerr Center conducted a prescribed burn of an eight-acre native prairie, which is part of a larger 40 acre pasture. We…

  • Herbicide Injury Image Database

    The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service now has an online Herbicide Injury Database that shows images of different plants’ responses to herbicides.  The plants included in the database included vegetable and field crops, as…

  • Free Monarch Presentation March 4 in Broken Arrow

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Dr. Chip Taylor, Founder & Director of Monarch Watch, and Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, will deliver a free presentation…

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