Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Unveils Important Website

April 9, 2015

The Sage Grouse Initiative encourages all who appreciate wildlife & proactive conservation  to take a close look at a terrific new website for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative.

Please bookmark: http://lpcinitiative.org/

On the website of this sister initiative to SGI, you’ll find spectacular photography along with extensive information about LPCI: stories on win-win conservation of lesser prairie-chickens and rural agriculture; how to take part in LPCI; in-depth natural history information on lesser prairie-chickens and the prairie community of which they are a part;  news,  videos, and much more.

The lesser prairie-chicken today inhabits restricted areas in five states of the southern Great Plains (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). The species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. To see all the relatives to the sage grouse visit our sagebrush community section on the “Bird.”

The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Sage Grouse Initiative and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative in 2010. Both succeed through win-win solutions. Here’s more info about LPCI from the new website:

What’s LPCI about? In a nutshell — our mission is to keep lesser prairie-chickens booming through win-win conservation.

In 2010, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) launched the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative to help ranchers and farmers voluntarily enhance lesser prairie-chicken habitat while improving the long-term sustainability of their agricultural operations.

Though lesser prairie-chickens were once abundant across more than 180,000 square miles of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, their distribution has been reduced by more than 85%, largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Through LPCI, NRCS and its partners are taking a proactive and targeted approach to species conservation in the lesser prairie-chicken’s five-state range.

With 95% of lesser prairie-chicken habitat located on private lands, empowering landowners to improve rangelands is essential to conserving and expanding lesser prairie-chicken populations.

The LPCI partnership puts Farm Bill funds to work assisting landowners in priority habitat areas who volunteer to manage, enhance, and expand suitable lesser prairie-chicken habitat. These voluntary practices don’t just benefit prairie-chickens — they also promote the long-term sustainability of ranching operations.

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The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.