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Overview on Four Canyon Preserve Planned Wednesday at SWOSU

October 19, 2011

Chris Hise 

Chris Hise will present a seminar entitled, “An Overview of The Nature Conservancy's Four Canyon Preserve,” this Wednesday, October 26, on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Weatherford.

The public is invited to attend the presentation at 4 p.m. in Room 212 of the Old Science Building.

Hise, a native of Sayre, developed an appreciation of the natural world at an early age, spending much of his childhood hunting, fishing and exploring the grasslands of southwestern Oklahoma.  A visit to The Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve as a teenager sparked an interest in conservation, leading to his choice of environmental science as a career.  

He graduated from SWOSU in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Hise began his professional career with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, managing water quality improvement projects at several locations across the state.  He has been employed by The Nature Conservancy since July 2000 and has held several positions with the organization.  In May 2004, he became the director of the newly acquired Four Canyon Preserve in Ellis County and is responsible for planning and implementing a variety of land management projects on the 4,000 acre natural area. 

Hise also serves as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager for the Oklahoma chapter and is a certified Type 2 prescribed fire burn boss. 

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