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The current and historic range for the lesser prairie-chicken.

The current and historic range for the lesser prairie-chicken.

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI)

NRCS and its conservation partners are helping farmers and ranchers in Texas enhance, restore and conserve habitat for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken with financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program's (EQIP) Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI). Through the LPCI, NRCS offers landowners financial assistance for conservation practices that promote healthy grazing lands and are also beneficial for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. These practices have included prescribed grazing, upland wildlife habitat management, brush management, prescribed burning and range planting.

As a locally led effort, NRCS in Texas began to address Lesser Prairie-Chicken habitat in 2000. In 2002, these efforts continued with the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Statewide Resource Concern, established by NRCS covering the Lesser Prairie-Chicken historic range to help producers improve the habitat. Today, more than 500,000 acres of habitat for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken have been improved using voluntary conservation practices in the Texas High Plains region.

(L to R) NRCS Range Management Specialist Clint Rollins provides technical assistance to Rancher L.H

Texas Rancher L.H. Webb (left) and others like him are working with NRCS personnel to improve lesser

For more information

Agriculture and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken can thrive together. Through Working Lands for Wildlife , farmers and ranchers voluntarily work with NRCS for conservation planning and regulatory predictability in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken habitat. Both technical and financial assistance may be available if participants agree to a conservation plan undier the Working Lands for Wildlife.

On the Lesser Prairie-Chicken website, you'll find extensive information about the initiative: how we go about win-win conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens and rural agriculture, how to take part in the initiative, in-depth natural history information on Lesser Prairie-Chickens and the prairie community of which they are a part, news, photos, videos, and much more.

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Recent Happenings

On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing two distinct population segments of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is requesting comments or information from the public, governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties concerning this proposed rule.

For more information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Contact

Russell Castro, State Wildlife Biologist
(254) 742-9982

Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist 
(806) 791-0581