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Lesser Prairie-Chicken

WESTERN GRASSLAND SPECIES:

Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)

An iconic American grouse species that occupies native grasslands and prairies of the southern Great Plains. It is estimaged that 90% of the species habitat has diminished across their historical range.

WAFWA in partnership with the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas have embarked on an innovative and unprecedented approach to wildlife conservation. 

Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

The rangewide plan is a voluntary conservation strategy that establishes a mitigation framework which is administered by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) for the purpose of allowing plan participants the opportunity to mitigate any unavoidable impacts of a particular activity on the lesser prairie-chicken and provides financial incentives to landowners who voluntarily participate and manage their property for the benefit of the lesser prairie-chicken.

Adaptive Management

Plan Revisions

2021. Updated Business Plan for WAFWA’s LPC CCAA (PDF, 265 KB)
This business plan (“Updated Business Plan”) amends and replace the “Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Delivery Business Plan” (“Initial Business Plan”) as Appendix L

2017. Payment Fee Changes (PDF, 361 KB)
2016. Electric Distribution Guidance (PDF, 1 MB)
2015. Adaptive Mgmt. Changes (PDF, 207 KB)
2015. Impact Buffers (PDF, 86 KB)
2015. Aerial Survey Gap Protocol (PDF, 8 MB)
2015. Evaluation Unit Guidelines (PDF, 274 KB)

The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan
444 views / 947 downloads
    pdf, 9.79 MB
    October 1, 2013
Publication Details

Click to view the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan.



Range-wide Aerial Surveys

Range-wide Population Size of the Lesser Prairie Chicken: 2012 to 2021

Range-wide Population Size of the Lesser Prairie Chicken: 2012 to 2021
184 views / 209 downloads
    pdf, 1.56 MB
    August 25, 2021
Publication Details

Lesser prairie-chickens breed in relatively open areas (e.g., low visual obstruction and low horizontal cover) of grasslands where males congregate to perform a courtship dance. This area is known as a lek. After mating, most females will nest within 3.2 km (2 miles) of the lek site. Due to this high lek affinity, managers monitor the abundance of this life cycle component for population trends.

In 2011, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Interstate Working Group, representing the state fish and wildlife agencies in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, developed and implemented a common range-wide survey strategy to estimate the population sizes for lesser prairie-chickens. A range-wide sampling framework and methodology was developed, for aerial surveys and ground truthing, to estimate total abundance of LPC active leks. In 2013, the state fish and wildlife agencies committed to continuing those surveys through 2021. View the 2021 Survey HERE.

View all surveys and the survey protocols below.


Project Clearance Surveys – Updated for the 2022 Season

Methodologies for conducting lesser prairie chicken ground-based and aerial surveys for industry project clearance, as developed under the WAFWA LPC Range-wide Conservation Plan, Appendix G: LPC Survey Protocols for Project Clearance.


Enrollment


Contacts

For companies interested in enrollment:

LPC Program Contact
Chanda Pettie
Phone: 719-207-5053

For GIS related inquiries:

WAFWA GIS Services
Chanda Pettie
Phone: 719-207-5053

For general inquiry and information:

LPC Program Director-Chair
Brad Loveless
Phone: 785-296-2788


Field Guides Available for Purchase!
Field Identification Guide for Common Plants
used to Assess Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat

WAFWA’s Field Identification Guide is filled with 56 laminated pages of color photos, habitat indicators, characteristics and explanation of their importance. Pocket-sized for convenience, at 3″ by 5″ inches.

The field guides are $14.00 each, which includes shipping and handling. If paying by credit card, there is a 3.5% processing fee. To order, please contact the WAFWA office at 208-331-9431 or wafwa.admin@wafwa.org 

Document Name Last Updated Download
WAFWA CCAA Realign Phase1 – Findings & Recommendations, WAFWA Feb 2021 2/24/2021 Download
10/22/2021 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2018, WAFWA 2018 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2018 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2018 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2017, WAFWA 2017 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2017 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Payment Fee Changes for 2017, 2016 7/05/2020 Download
2016-17149_Federal Register Removal of the LPC Final Rule for Delisting 7/06/2020 Download
LPC RWP Electric Distribution Guidance, 2016 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2016, WAFWA 2016 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2016 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Adaptive Mgmt Chgs, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP_Guidelines for Habitat Sampling Evaluation Units, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Aerial Survey Gap, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Impact Buffers, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Occupancy Report, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2015, WAFWA 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Permanent Conservation Eligibility Ranking Criteria, revised 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Landowner Application for Non-Offset Agreements, revised 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Conservation Plan and Certificate of Participation, 2015 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2014, WAFWA 2014 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Annual Progress Report, 2014 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Permanent Conservation Eligibility Ranking Criteria, 2014 (archived) 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Landowner Application for Non-Offset Agreements, 2014 (archived) 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Industry Certificate of Participation (WCP) Form, 2014 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Industry Property Transfer Form, 2014 7/05/2020 Download
LPC RWP Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances, 2014 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Rangewide Population Size: 2012-2013, WAFWA 2013 7/05/2020 Download
10/22/2021 Download
Presentation – Discussion on Mitigation, 2013 7/05/2020 Download
Presentation – draft LPC conservation plan, 2013 7/05/2020 Download
LPC_Range-wide Survey_2012 7/05/2020 Download
LPC Population Survey Design, WEST 2011 7/05/2020 Download
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Initiative, 2008 7/06/2020 Download