Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Conservation District Operations in Oklahoma
The federal government shutdown that began on October 1 has impacted the operations of conservation districts in the state. Most conservation district personnel are co-located in offices with personnel from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Offices that are managed by USDA have been locked and no USDA or conservation district personnel are present. However, there are a number of conservation district offices that remain open where there is no USDA presence or where the conservation district owns the office space.
In the conservation district offices that are closed we have asked our district employees to provide alternative contact information so that our conservation customers can still obtain some district services. District employees can be reached by sending an e-mail to the conservation district’s email address click here for a listing of conservation district email addresses. Also, many of the closed offices have left a voice message on the phone answering machine that provides alternative contact information for district employees. In addition, many of the closed offices have posted alternative contact information on the door of the office.
We apologize for the inconvenience the federal government shutdown is causing our valued customers. Our conservation district employees are continuing to work during the shutdown. Unfortunately, many of them are working from alternative locations. If you are unsuccessful in reaching anyone in your conservation district please contact the Oklahoma Conservation Commission at 405.521.2384 and we will try to assist you in reaching your conservation district employees.