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Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI)

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Program Information

The lesser prairie chicken is a ground nesting bird present in regions of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. The lesser prairie chicken is best known for its unique courtship displays and �gobbling� grounds. Once present in large numbers, the lesser prairie chicken population and its original distribution have declined significantly since 1800. Human influences such as the conversion of native rangelands to cropland, decline in habitat quality due to herbicide use, petroleum and mineral extraction activities, and excessive grazing of rangelands by livestock are all considered possible contributors to this decline. In an effort to curb this decline and increase suitable habitat for this important upland bird species, the NRCS has developed a five state initiative. The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) provides conservation assistance to landowners throughout the lesser prairie chicken range for the maintenance and enhancement of suitable habitat while also benefiting agricultural producers and maintaining the farming and ranching operations throughout the region.

Additional information can be found at the National Landscape Conservation Initiatives website.

The following counties are offering signups under the statewide initiative: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.

Application Process, Eligibility, and Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, but only those received by the announced cut-off date will be considered for funding during the current year. Funding selections will be made exclusively from those applications received.

Applicants may apply by completing the NRCS-CPA-1200 Application Form and Appendix and submitting it to their local NRCS Field Service Center.

EQIP Program Application (NRCS-CPA-1200) and Appendix (PDF; 42 KB)

Lesser Prairie Chicken Screening Tool (PDF; 130 KB)
Lesser Prairie Chicken Ranking Criteria (PDF; 37 KB)
Lesser Prairie Chicken Threat Assessment Worksheet (PDF; 65 KB)
Map of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (PDF; 174 KB)

 The ranking criteria utilizes information from the Oklahoma Lesser Prairie Chicken Spatial Planning Tool

Eligible Practices and Payment Rates

LPCI Practices and Payment Rates (PDF; 38 KB)

Previous Progress in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

2011 Oklahoma LPCI Progress Report (PDF; 229 KB)
2010 Oklahoma LPCI Progress Report (PDF; 132 KB)


Joy Alspach
Resource Conservationist
Phone: 405-742-1234
Email: Joy Alspach

For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.