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Thu, Dec 07


Heirloom Rustic Ales


Join us on Thursday at Heirloom Rustic Ales for a formal reintroduction to the Arkansas River. Wildlife, ecosystems and water management. What's in store post dam reconstruction?

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Dec 07, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Heirloom Rustic Ales, 2113 E Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110, USA

About the event

Reintroducing the Arkansas River: A rare ecosystem under threat

A Conversation about Wildlife, Water Management & Safety

The Arkansas River holds some of the last intact examples of a prairie braided system, a threatened body of water associated with the rarest and most endangered ecosystem in the world - the Tallgrass Prairie. Join us at Heirloom Rustic Ales for a conversation and Q/A with Tulsa River Guardians founder Jake Miller, Biologist Josh Johnston and investigative journalist Molly Bullock about why attention to the preservation of the river is critical to ecology, wildlife and human health and safety.


Josh Johnston, biologist with an 18 year tenure with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, spent nearly a decade as Fisheries Manager for the northeast region of the state. Wildly knowledgeable in the complete ecology of the river, Johnston also has an intimate pulse on permitting processes required for operations affecting the Arkansas River ecosystem.

Molly Bullock is an investigative journalist and founder of Watershed, a groundbreaking new series about the Arkansas River and Tulsa area flood and water management. Consider Molly's recommendation to get caught up on the series if attending the event! You can read her work or subscribe to the series for free at

Jake Miller is the co-founder of Tulsa River Guardians, owner of Heirloom Rustic Ales, Conservation Chair for Oklahoma Chapter 420 of Trout Unlimited, and legislative committee member of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.


Graycen Wheeler covers water and environmental issues across Oklahoma for KOSU Radio and Report for America. Wheeler grew up in Norman, did her undergrad at the University of Oklahoma, received her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder, and got a master's in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wheeler has covered science and technology for national outlets, plus housing and environmental issues in the Bay Area. Now she's back in Oklahoma, working for one of the public radio stations she grew up listening to.

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