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Here are some helpful articles that explain the issues and provide more information on habitat protection and restoration of Lesser-Prairie-Chicken populations

pdf The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

By: W.E. Van Pelt, S. Kyle, J. Pitman, D. Klute, G. Beauprez, D. Schoeling, A. Janus, and J. Haufler
This document is a comprehensive range-wide conservation plan (RWP) for the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; hereafter LPC).


The Lesser Prairie Chicken and WAFWA’s Range-wide Conservation Plan

Recent studies have estimated that the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s population has declined by 50% in the last year, mostly due to changing land use and drought.


pdf Working Lands For Wildlife

By: USDA - NRCS
Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.


pdf U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Species Assessment and Listing Priority Assignment Form for Lesser Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) ECOS profile.


pdf Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing the Lesser Prairie- Chicken as a Threatened Species With a Special Rule

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Proposed rule; revision and reopening of comment period.


pdf Lesser Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus): A Technical Conservation Assessment

By: Leslie A. Robb and Michael A. Schroeder
The overall distribution of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) has declined an estimated 92 percent since settlement by people of European descent and an estimated 78 percent since the early 1960s.


pdf Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Fact Sheet

By: USDA - NRCS
This short brochure explains the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI), including the goals and implementation of the program.


pdf Fish and Wildlife Service Conference Report - Lesser Prairie-chicken Initiative

By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This conference report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service explains the NRCS's LPCI and associated procedures, conservation practices, and conservation measures.


pdf Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Vegetation Monitoring Protocol

By: USDA-NRCS
The goal of the protocol is to consistently monitor trend in vegetation structure on individual properties voluntarily applying management under initiative contract.


pdf Ecology of the lesser prairie-chicken

By: Wood Foundation
This document describes the different habitat requiremenst of the LPC. It includes descriptions of nesting habitat, brood-rearing habitat, fall/winter habitat, LEPC diet, and predators/diseases.


pdf Upland Bird Grassland Habitat Strategy on the Eastern Plains

By: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Grassland wildlife habitat conservation in eastern Colorado is implemented through a diverse mix of programs and efforts. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has identified and prioritized areas of high upland wildlife habitat and population potential,  which typically coincides with historic mid-grass or sand-sage prairie habitats.


pdf Two Win-Win Initiatives with Common Recovery Goals Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Greater Sage-Grouse

By: Christian Hagan
Lesser prairie-chickens and greater sage-grouse depend on large prairie and steppe landscapes shared by agricultural producers, primarily ranching operations.


pdf Conservation Needs of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Technical White Paper (July 2012) is a synopsis of ideas for long term conservation and recovery of the LPC.


pdf Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Fact Sheet

By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This fact sheet provides a good overview of the LPC and voluntary conservation measure that can be taken to maintain or enhance LPC habitat.


pdf Lesser Prairie-Chicken Endangered Species Act Listing Process Information

By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The determination of whether to list the species as threatened or endangered will depend on the full assessment of the status of the lesser prairie-chicken in light of the five ESA listing factors: 1.


pdf Guidelines for Managing Lesser Prairie-Chicken Populations and Their Habitats

By: Christian A. Hagen, Brent E. Jamison, Kenneth M. Giesen, and Terry Z. Riley
These guidelines provide a synopsis of our current knowledge of lesser prairie-chicken habitat requirements and suggest management strategies to monitor, maintain, and enhance lesser prairie-chicken populations.


pdf Range-wide Population Estimation and Monitoring for Lesser Prairie-chickens: Sampling Design and Pilot Implementation

By: Lyman McDonald, Jim Griswold and Troy Rintz
A range-wide sampling framework and survey method is being developed to estimate total abundance of active leks for the population of LPC. In addition, standard operating procedures are being developed for aerial surveys and ground truthing surveys.


pdf A Grassland Conservation Plan For Prairie Grouse

By: W. L. Vodehnal and J. B. Haufler, Compilers
This Grassland Conservation Plan for Prairie Grouse, coordinated by the North American Grouse Partnership, represents the collective efforts and expertise of numerous grassland and prairie grouse experts in developing habitat prioritizations that are needed to sustain grouse and other grassland species into the future.


Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan: Background and Life History

By: W.E. Van Pelt, S. Kyle, J. Pitman, D. Klute, G. Beauprez, D. Schoeling, A. Janus, and J. Haufler
This is an excerpt from the Western Assocation of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' LPC Range-wide Conservation Plan, which depicts the LPC background and life history.


pdf How to Use CHAT

This PowerPoint outlines how to use the Southern Great Plains CHAT: A decision support system for the Lesser Prairie Chicken.


pdf Effects of the Conservation Reserve Program on Priority Shortgrass Prairie Birds: A Conservation Effects Assessment Project

By: Megan McLachlan and Mike Carter
In 2003, a multi-agency effort initiated the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) to quantify environmental benefits of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), and Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP).


pdf Working Together: Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This booklet provides information for citizen stewards and landowners, who embody President Bush’s vision of cooperative conservation—a vision built upon innovation, local ideas, inspiration and incentives, and on-the-ground action.


Range-wide Plan Executive Summary

By: WAFWA
The purpose of the range-wide plan (RWP) for the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) is to identify a conservation strategy that will ensure the long-term existence of the species at sustainable levels when fully implemented.


pdf Colorado Upland Bird Grassland Habitat Strategy on the Eastern Plains

By: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Grassland wildlife habitat conservation in eastern Colorado is implemented through a diverse mix of programs and efforts. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has identified and prioritized areas of high upland wildlife habitat and population potential, which typically coincides with historic mid-grass or sand-sage prairie habitats.


pdf Lesser Prairie Chicken Oil and Gas CCAA

By: WAFWA and US FWS
This Range-Wide Oil and Gas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the LPC represents a collaborative effort between the FWS, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), WAFWA’s Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife (FWFW), interested oil and gas companies, and trade associations.


pdf Conservation Plan for Grassland Species in Colorado

By: Colorado Division of Wildlife
In June 2002, Colorado Division of Wildlife Director, Russell George, appointed a working group charged with developing a draft grassland species, conservation plan for black-tailed prairie dog and associated species including mountain plover, burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, and swift fox.


pdf RWP Executive Summary (March 2014)

By: WAFWA
This updated Executive Summary of WAFWA's Range-wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken outlines the WAFWA Mitigation System, the Plan Administration (including committee composition), and current implementation status.


pdf Colorado’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy and Wildlife Action Plans

By: Colorado Division of Wildlife
Colorado's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy catalogs the status of our knowledge on many wildlife species and an articulation of strategies that can be implemented to reduce threats to those species.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened Species and Finalizes Special Rule Endorsing Landmark State Conservation Plan

By: US FWS
This Press Release announces the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species and describes the special rule that exempts landowners enrolled in certain conservation programs from the ESA provision prohibiting take of the species.


Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Plan Tops 3.6 Million Acres, Industry Enrollment Provides Nearly $21 Million for Habitat Conservation

By: WAFWA
Thirty-two private companies in five states representing oil and gas, pipelines, electric transmission and wind energy have committed to enroll more than 3.6 ...


pdf Special 4(d) Rule for the Lesser Prairie Chicken

By: US FWS
This is the final 4(d) rule that accompanied the listing decision for the Lesser Prairie Chicken. It outlines the exceptions to the Endangered Species Act 'take' prohibition.


pdf Colorado WHIP Plan – FY 2012-2017

Colorado has two objectives for WHIP in FY 2012-2017. These objectives, in order of priority, are: to improve habitat for species of greatest conservation need as listed in the Colorado Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CCWCS); and to improve habitat for economically important species.


Record Enrollment in Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Conservation Programs

Private landowners have stepped up to the plate and enrolled an unprecedented amount of acres in conservation programs to conserve and restore Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.


pdf Relationship of Lesser Prairie-Chicken Lek Presence and Density to Grassland Conservation Programs

By: Playa Lakes Joint Venture
The Playa Lakes Joint Venture conducted an assessment of the effects of landscape attributes related to land cover and USDA conservation programs on the presence and density of lesser prairie-chicken leks.


pdf Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers

By: Don Stuart, Dennis Canty, and Katherine Killebrew
The Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers, produced by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), provides an overview of available market opportunities for environmental credits and services, how farmers and ranchers can get involved in them, and ways to encourage their continued growth.


pdf Herbicides as an Alternative to Prescribed Burning for Achieving Wildlife Management Objectives

By: T. Bently Wigley, Karl V. Miller, David S. deCalesta, and Mark W. Thomas
Abstract.—Prescribed burning is used for many silvicultural and wildlife management objectives. However, the use of prescribed burning can be constrained due to difficulties in obtaining burning permits, concerns about liability, potential effects of scorch on growth and survival of crop trees, its sometimes ineffective results, limited burning days, and the costs of applying, controlling, and monitoring burns.


pdf Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks

By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This document provides guidance on the establishment, use, and operation of conservation banks for the purpose of providing a tool for offset mitigating adverse impacts to species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.


pdf 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation

By: North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee
The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.


pdf Best Management Practices for Shortgrass Prairie Birds

By: Scott W. Gillihan and Scott W. Hutchings
The information in this guide is designed to guide you in creating and maintaining habitat for 13 bird species of the shortgrass prairie, birds that are in need of conservation efforts.


pdf Sharing Your Land with Prairie Wildlife

By: Scott W. Gillihan, David J. Hanni, Scott W. Hutchings, Tony Leukering, Ted Toombs, and Tammy
This third edition of this manual (formerly entitled Sharing Your Land With Shortgrass Prairie Birds) is about how to help birds and other wildlife make a living from the land while you do the same.


pdf Integrating Bird Conservation into Range Management

This manual is designed to assist resource professionals with integrating birds and their habitat needs into range management and monitoring, and to train landowners and land managers to do the same.& ...


pdf Order Granting Summary Judgement to PBPA and Vacating LPC Listing Decision

By: U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final rule in which FWS listed the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) as a threatened species.


pdf The 2015 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Annual Progress Report

By: William E. Van Pelt, Sean C. Kyle, Jim C. Pitman, Deb M. VonDeBur, Michael E. Houts
This document is the 2015 Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) progress report for the comprehensive conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) titled The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP).


pdf Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Fy16-18 Conservation Strategy

By: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
This conservation strategy combines the five locally-developed state plans into a single comprehensive commitment to lesser prairie-chicken conservation.


pdf The 2016 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Annual Progress Report

By: Roger L. Wolfe, Sean C. Kyle, Jim C. Pitman, Deb M. VonDeBur, Michael E. Houts
In 2014, a new era in wildlife conservation was ushered in with the implementation of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) Range-wide Conservation Plan (Van Pelt et al.