Dudley Hyde elected chairman of state chapter of Nature Conservancy

May 28, 2010

McAfee & Taft shareholder Dudley Hyde was recently elected chairman of the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has served on the nonprofit organization’s board of trustees since 2002.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Founded in 1986, the Oklahoma Chapter owns or protects more than 70,000 acres in the state, including the following large preserves:

  • The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth
  • The J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve, consisting of 17,000 acres of the Oklahoma Ozarks
  • Four Canyon Preserve, consisting of 4,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie in western Oklahoma
  • Pontotoc Ridge Preserve, the Oklahoma Chapter’s premier cross timbers property
  • Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve, which protects post oaks and red cedars that are hundreds of years old

Hyde is a veteran lawyer whose practice encompasses the entire range of employee benefit services, including retirement plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation and deferred compensation matters. His achievements in the area of employee benefits law have earned him significant recognition, both locally and throughout the United States, including being named a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.