Fox Found at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Tested Positive for Rabies
During the week of June 10, park rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area caught and euthanized a sick fox that subsequently tested for disease, and found to be infected with the rabies. More »
Facility Manager Jackie Messer Recognized for Natural Resource Stewardship Efforts
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282
On March 17, the National Park Service Director's Award for Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance was given to Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Facility Manager, Jackie Messer. The Natural Resource Stewardship awards, which were created in the early 1990s, were presented to Messer and other National Park Service employees at the annual George Wright Society meeting in
Messer recently directed the installation of “Big Belly” solar trash compactors in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. He also directed the installation of animal-proof recycle and trash containers at campgrounds and championed the relocation of overhead electric lines to improve the visual landscape. By using motion sensor lights, photo cells, and other recycling practices, Messer has helped the park conserve resources. In his most visible contribution, Messer has saved the underground aquifer that supplies water to Vendome Well 110 million gallons of water per year by completing the installation of an actuator valve on the artesian well to reduce flow by 36 percent. In addition, Messer has made major strides in implementing a recycling program at the park which will greatly reduce the waste stream associated with trash collection. “We are very fortunate to have a group of outstanding employees here at Chickasaw National Recreation Area,” said Superintendent Bruce Noble, “but Jackie Messer’s recent award recognizes some very special contributions he has made that will enable us to better serve our park visitors.”
Did You Know?
In 1923 a golf course was built in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in the present Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. In 1935 the golf course was ordered closed, and little evidence remains of it today. More...