• Conservation
  • Conservation – ranch view
  • Purple prairie clover

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

  • Conservation – Bald Eagle
  • Ranch Scene
  • Pollinator Workshop Recap

    Pollinator Workshop Recap

  • Beekeeping Workshop Recap

    Beekeeping Workshop Recap

  • Spillway Crossing at High Water


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

  • moths night pollination

    Pollination in the Dark

    Moths play an important role in ecosystems – as nighttime pollinators – but their numbers are declining right along with bees’. Find out how to help!

  • mowing for pollinators

    President’s Note: Mowing for Pollinators

    Creating pollinator habitat can be as simple as a tweak to how you mow your lawn. Start mowing for pollinators and watch the wildflowers blossom!

  • nrcs monarch habitat

    NRCS Assistance for Monarch Habitat

    Deadlines are quickly approaching for a USDA-NRCS program that can help Oklahoma farmers and ranchers manage their property for monarch butterfly habitat.

  • support local nurseries

    Support Local Nurseries!

    Visit Okies for Monarchs’ website for a list of nurseries and seed houses that are still open for business. This way, you can do your part to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming yet another factor in pollinator declines.

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