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2004 - Nonprofit Organization Award - Beautification & Landscaping - Color Oklahoma, Statewide

Color Oklahoma - Nonprofit Organization (annual budget less than $100,000) Award for Beautification & Landscaping

Last December, a new project was started by the Oklahoma Native Plant Society to add wildflowers to public land and preserve native plants. Since then, Color Oklahoma has gotten off to a rousing start on a tiny but growing budget.

A new vehicle license plate is raising funds as well as awareness, and a new wildflower drill seeder has been purchased for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Portions of I-40 already are producing blooming annuals and perennials are set to bloom next spring. Educational efforts include the launching of a website and several presentations on television.

Our judges praised the fast start and effective work so far, adding it could become a long-term impact program to beautify the state. We're very grateful that Color Oklahoma is around to sow the seeds of good news for Oklahoma.