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KEYSTONE SPECIES HABITAT SUITABILITY MODEL (PART 1)

Posted by WAFWA on May 24, 2022
Because prairie dogs function as ecosystem engineers and keystone species in North America’s grasslands (Fig. 1), their conservation and management lies at the core of many conservation efforts. However, prairie dog management is challenging because they are severely affected by epizootic plague outbreaks caused by the introduced bacterium Yersinia pestis1,…
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Range-wide Population Size of the Lesser Prairie Chicken: 2012 to 2021

Posted by WAFWA on August 25, 2021
Ascertaining estimates of wildlife population size is valuable information for natural resource agencies in the management of harvested and non-harvested species (Rabe et al. 2002). Acquiring precise and unbiased estimates of population size requires either a complete census or probabilistic sample of subunits with which to infer population size (Johnson…
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Range-wide Population Size of the Lesser Prairie Chicken: 2012 to 2020

Posted by WAFWA on October 12, 2020
Estimated lesser prairie-chicken population sizes annually from 2012 – 2018 and 2020 in the 2011 estimated occupied range of the lesser prairie-chicken in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Ascertaining estimates of wildlife population size is valuable information for natural resource agencies in the management of harvested and non-harvested…
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Western monarch butterfly conservation plan, 2019–2069

Posted by WAFWA on July 1, 2019
Overview: Concurrent with the status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) have actively promoted collaborative efforts across state, organizational, and landownership boundaries to address threats and opportunities facing monarchs and other pollinators. In 2017, the Western Association of…
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Range-Wide Oil & Gas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Posted by WAFWA on February 28, 2014
The Range-Wide Oil and Gas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (CCAA) is a voluntary conservation strategy that establishes a mitigation framework which is administered by WAFWA and permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Established in 2014, the CCAA is in partnership with the…
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The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

Posted by WAFWA on October 1, 2013
This document is a comprehensive range-wide conservation plan (RWP) for the lesser prairiechicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; hereafter LPC), and if implemented in a timely manner, is intended to preclude the need to list the LPC under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The goal of the RWP is…
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Western Grasslands Initiative, A Plan for Conserving Grassland Habitat and Wildlife

Posted by WAFWA on July 1, 2011
It is estimated the Great Plains and desert grasslands once covered over 500 million acres stretching between Canada, Mexico and the United States. Nearly 200 wildlife species were found to use this immense sea of grass in 11 different states (parts of Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North…
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White-Tailed Prairie Dog & Gunnison’s Prairie Dog Conservation Strategy

Posted by WAFWA on May 1, 2006
The Gunnison’s prairie dog (GPD; Cynomys gunnisoni) and the white-tailed prairie dog (WTPD; C. leucurus) play an important role as potential keystone species in maintenance of the sagesteppe and prairie ecosystems. Due to a number of reasons, both species have declined in distribution and abundance throughout their ranges (Seglund et…
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A Multi-State Conservation Plan For The Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Posted by WAFWA on February 1, 2002
In 1998, the National Wildlife Federation and Predator Conservation Alliance, Biodiversity Legal Foundation and Jon Sharps, filed petitions to list the black-tailed prairie dog as a threatened species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a “warranted but precluded” finding in February 2000. The petition and the finding both…
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