Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative Report
By: USDA - NRCS
Lesser prairie-chicken populations have declined dramatically during the past several decades due to loss of native prairie, habitat fragmentation, and degradation of habitat on both private and public lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), its partners and cooperating landowners are working to increase the number and the range of the lesser prairie-chicken through the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI). At the same time, the initiative is promoting the overall health of grazing lands and the long-term sustainability of ranching operations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has worked cooperatively with NRCS to ensure the initiative’s conservation practices provide long-term benefits to the overall lesser prairie-chicken population; minimize or eliminate short-term harmful effects to those populations, and cause no negative effects to other listed and candidate species that share habitat with the lesser prairie-chicken.
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