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TUWC Annual Membership Meeting & Board Member Elections

TUWC Annual Membership Meeting & Board Member Elections

Wednesday December 14, 2016

6:30pm CST

Westside YMCA Gymnasium

5400 S. Olympia Ave. Tulsa, OK 74107


Please join us for the annual TUWC membership meeting and board member elections on Wed., Dec. 14th.   We are now accepting nominations for three (3) TUWC board member seats and nominations can be submitted via email to tyler.hanes@tulsaurbanwildernesscoalition.org; nominations must include nominees name, position nominated for and nominees contact information.


You must be a current TUWC member in good standing in order to attend the annual membership meeting, submit board member nominees and to vote.  You can renew your membership here http://www.tulsaurbanwildernesscoalition.org or if your unsure about your membership status please feel free to contact us directly at tyler.hanes@tulsaurbanwildernesscoalition.org.


Available Board  Seats

The five TUWC board members are elected for two year terms; however, the seats have alternating term dates so that the entire board does not turn over at one time.   (There are no term limit restrictions.)   The general membership votes on the Board of Directors at the annual end of year meeting.


  • Trails & Volunteer Director

o    Term ends Dec. 2016, current seat held by Tyler Hanes

  • Education & Preservation Director

o    Term ends Dec. 2016, current seat held by Marci Hawkins

  • Government Affairs Director

o    Term ends Dec. 2017, however current director Colin Tawney will be moving out of state.


Thank you for all you do and have a happy holiday season!


-The TUWC Board

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Volunteers Cleanup & Monitor Mooser Creek on Turkey Mountain

Mooser Creek at the north boundary of Turkey Mountain has been able to remain in reasonably good condition despite encroaching urbanization.  How do we know?  Mooser Creek is monitored by devoted Blue Thumb volunteers.  Several of Turkey Mountain’s trails twist and turn and progress north to tie into areas along the southern bank of Mooser Creek.


Mooser creek clean up Tulsa OK
Volunteer Gayle with Blue Thumb coordinator (and TUWC member!) Cheryl Cheadle collect benthic macroinvertebrates (snails, larval insects, etc.) from the stream as part of Blue Thumb monitoring.
Red darters found in Mooser Creek
Darters are small fish that like to make their home in the riffles of streams where the water is likely to be well-oxygenated. This redfin darter is a great find – these little fish cannot survive if pollution levels go too high.
Darters in Mooser Creek
More Darters! These are orangethroated darters, another great find, although they are not quite as sensitive as are the redfin darters.
Mooser Creek
Rocky ledges, emergent vegetation, large rocks, woody debris – all of these habitat components can be found in Mooser Creek. With Turkey Mountain being such as important part of the Mooser Creek watershed, protecting Turkey Mountain also protects Mooser Creek!!!
Mooser Creek
Volunteers Walt and Gayle not only perform monitoring, they pick up the trash that so often plagues the stream that flows from SW Tulsa and enters the Arkansas River just south of Interstate 44.

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Oklahoma Sports and Fitness: May / June



Be Sure to Check Out Page 12 of the May / June issue of Oklahoma Sports and Fitness Magazine! 

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Blog: ProActiveOutside – Turkey Mountain update: Simon gets a case of the yips, postpones mall hearing again

Turkey Mountain update: Simon gets a case of the yips, postpones mall hearing again

Simon was taken by surprise over the public reaction to the proposed mall. This is a company used to getting its way, particularly in cities hungry for new tax revenue. The initial pushback last fall was probably ignored,with the thought that it would subside over time. Instead, it has only grown. The online petition against the mall has nearly 8,500 signatures, and the crowds at two public forums to discuss the mall plan have been decidedly against Simon’s proposal.

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Tulsa World: Developer of proposed mall near Turkey Mountain seeks to postpone zoning hearing

Developer of proposed mall near Turkey Mountain seeks to postpone zoning hearing

The latest request, which must be approved by the Planning Commission, seeks to have the hearing moved to June 17.

“We would love to see it go somewhere else,” said Laurie Biby, public relations coordinator for the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition. “We have no bad feelings for Simon, we just wish they would look at another site.”

Biby said she hopes Tulsa residents concerned about the proposed mall will stay engaged in the process.
“Because by no means do we think we are done with this,” she said.

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TUWC: Government Affairs Officer – My Experience As A Day Camper

The Westside YMCA & Camp Takatoka change the lives of every camper that attends Camp. It would be hard to say what Tulsa would be like we’re it not for the 50+ years they have been located on Turkey Mountain. The TUWC’s own Government Affairs Officer is just one of those lives forever changed. This change has caused a ripple effect for good. Right now the YMCA is hosting its annual drive for funds to support scholarships to make camp a reality for those who could not afford it otherwise. Please donate or at least share the word. This is where we change the future.

To donate to the YMCA CLICK HERE

My brother and I came to the Westside YMCA in the summer of 1976 when I was 10 years old and my brother was 13. At some point earlier that year, Jay Logan had befriended our family and suggested to our mother that the programs the Y offered for children would be really good for Kevin and I. Our father had passed away a couple of years prior to this. Not only did we attend the day camp but we also went to Camp Takatoka many times, and I went on several of the Y ski trips to Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park in Colorado over the years. The Westside YMCA day camp gave my brother and I opportunities that young men usually get to discover with a father. I still recall riding up into the land to the south of the camp on horseback or hiking around up there with our counselor. Through my experience at the Westside Y, I gained an appreciation for horses and and the outdoors which continues today as I near 50. Well, I have traded horses for a mountain bike since I need the outlet for exercise.

This camp meant two fatherless young men got to experience the outdoors and all it had to offer while our mother was able to hold down a full time job in the summer and did not have to worry about where we were or what we were doing. We were in great hands the entire time. Camp Takatoka awakened my sense of spirituality and there are friendships made at that camp which still figure prominently in my life. My career with a family business I have worked for the last ten years, was the result of a friendship originally made through Y ski trips and Camp Tak. These programs and camps change lives and are an important resource that help make Tulsa the great place it is to live. I can honestly say the YMCA experience positively impacted my life and has much to do with the man I am today.

My brother became the youth coordinator in his church largely because of the experiences he had from Y programs. From that experience, he understood the importance of positive mentorship to young women and men. He passed away 14 years ago, but I know his influence is still perpetuated in other’s lives. The seeds planted by the YMCA programs do influence and affect people who never even got to have the experience Kevin and I did with these programs. I realize my mother probably sacrificed quite a bit to pay the tuition for the programs, but I’m certain she will tell you it was worth every penny.

Today, when I speak about these memories and experiences in my volunteer capacity with the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition, I get a slight knot in my throat because they really are a significant part of my character. I do apologize if my reasons might sound a bit emotional or personal. For me, this camp and programs were a life-changing experience I believe every child who wants to should have.

Needless to say, I was shocked when I first heard the plans for the outlet mall to the south of the camp. It’s not only my avid use of Turkey Mountain today that makes me want to fend this off, it’s also the fond memories of the Westside Y and what I would like to help protect for generations of area children to come. I have reviewed Simon’s plans in depth, have had face-to-face meetings with John Dionis and Jessica Fields, and monitored the PRC meeting at INCOG. I cannot see, in any scenario, how the impact of this project can be minimized to future generations of campers. The huge retaining wall and all the noise, trash, and activity malls attract are such a shock to the senses when you are expecting peaceful wilderness.

Do understand, there is movement underway to secure funding to take this property out of play for development permanently should Simon be rebuffed on their zoning change request. Trail users do not want to face the threat of development every one or two years any more than the Westside YMCA does. That fund drive is a top priority once this threat has been fended off and is being carefully organized as this is written.

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Tulsa World: Meeting for proposed mall near Turkey Mountain

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Tulsa World – YMCA opposes mall development without concessions

YMCA opposes mall development without concessions

“We are committed to protect a valuable and unique urban wilderness experience for children today, and for generations to come,” the letter states. “For this reason the YMCA requests that certain conditions and requirements be included in the development plan that will achieve the goal of lessening the impact on our children.”

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Blog: TZ – District Two Meeting. Subject: Turkey as we know it vs Simon

District Two Meeting. Subject: Turkey as we know it vs Simon

This is supposed to be the wall as viewed from about halfway down the pipeline trail. It’s cute how road bikes are leisurely pedaling up what is a steep incline on a dirt road. And no helmets!! This is their idea of camouflage the wall. Perfectly spaced large trees near the top and hundreds of saplings in between whatever existing trees they decide to leave for us. Give it 40-50 years, and it’ll look great. I’ll be dead by then.

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