Prairie Restoration

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy,
and after all our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it
and to foster its renewal is our only hope."

Wendell Berry


St. Francis of the Woods is dedicated to the Franciscan ideal of protecting the natural world as a gift, a work of art, given to our care and stewardship from the Great Spirit. In an effort to restore, reconcile, and renew that which has been entrusted to our care, St. Francis of the Woods is working in conjunction with the National Resource Conservation Service to restore 95 acres of land to its native ecosystem as a protected habitat for northern bobwhite quail (colinus virginianus) and other native species.  

St. Francis of the Woods, located near the Cimarron River, borders the cross timbers and central great plains ecoregions. Our restoration project includes two major activities.


First, the removal of significant encroachment of eastern red cedar (juniperus virginiana). While native to Oklahoma, eastern red cedar was historically controlled by fire. It has been identified as the number one conservation concern by the State Technical Committee for USDA Cost Share Programs. St. Francis of the Woods has begun the process of removing approximately 13 acres of eastern red cedar from near the Clare Cabin. This area will be restored to native grasses and cross timber trees such as post oak, blackjack oak, and black hickory.

Second, we are beginning the three-year process of restoring the wheat field and adjoining open acreage to native grass and wildflowers. The central great plains is home to some of the most beautiful grasses on Earth. Little bluestem, big bluestem, sand bluestemIndian grass, switchgrasssideoats grama, blue grama, buffalograss​, sand lovegrass, and other native varieties along with wildflowers such as butterfly milkweedIllinois bundleflower, maximilian sunflower, purple prairie clover, blazing star, and purple coneflower will be seeded beginning in November 2017. 

To help with this project, please consider donating to St. Francis of the Woods using the "donate" button at the bottom of the page or mailing a check marked "Prairie Restoration" to:

St. Francis of the Woods

P.O. Box 400

Coyle, OK 73027

St. Francis of the Woods is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. 

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11414 W Hwy 33

Coyle, Oklahoma

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Background Photos by Keisha Register