In the 1970’s the Biological Survey began new inventories and surveys, benefiting from increased environmental consciousness in the U.S and the energetic activities of the new Director, Dr. Paul Risser (Director from 1971-1978). Dr. Risser brought the Oklahoma Natural Heritage Program to the Survey with grants from the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan in the late 1970’s. Also during this time the Biological Survey began computerizing records of the distribution of animals in Oklahoma in conjunction with the then Stovall Museum of Natural History.