Western Association of Fish
& Wildlife Agencies
Summer 2015 Meeting | Winter 2016 Meeting
UPCOMING WAFWA MEETINGS:
Annual Conference
July 21 - 26, 2016
Cody, Wyoming
Winter Meeting
January 7 - 10, 2016
San Diego, California
Aerial survey shows lesser prairie-chicken population increased 25 percent from 2014 to 2015
An abundance of spring rainfall, along with ongoing efforts associated with the Lesser Prairie-chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, has helped increase the lesser prairie-chickenís population approximately 25 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to results from a recent range-wide aerial survey.

Increases were observed in three of four of the birdís ecoregions across five states Ė Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Sand Sage Prairie Region of southeast Colorado showed the biggest gain Ė approximately 75 percent from a year ago. The Mixed Grass Prairie Region of the northeast Panhandle of Texas, northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas saw an approximately 30 percent increase, and the Shortgrass Prairie Region of northwest Kansas population grew by about 27 percent.
LPC Landowner Conservation Information
The RWP provides protective assurances to participating landowners. Landowners may participate in the offset unit generating option (provides assurances and per acre payments) or the non-offset unit generating option (provides assurances but no payments). Farmers, ranchers, and landowners may contact their regional biologist about enrollment in the plan.
Kansas
Brad Odle
Regional Biologist
Phone: 785-302-0498
brad.odle@ksoutdoors.com
Colorado
Daryl Fisher
Regional Biologist
Phone: 620-765-0475
daryl.fisher@wafwa.org
Oklahoma
Mike Mitchener
Regional Biologist
Phone: 620-617-5572
mike.mitchener@wafwa.org
New Mexico/Texas
Ryan S. Jonnes
Regional Biologist
Phone: 208-996-6353
ryan.jonnes@wafwa.org
Enrollment information for the Lesser prairie chicken range-wide conservation plan
The lesser prairie chicken range-wide conservation plan (RWP) provides industry and landowners, through their enrollment and implementation of conservation measures, the ability to receive compliance with the Endangered Species Act and not be subject to further regulation.

Industry representatives please click here to review the FAQ sheet for enrolling strategies. For those wanting to enroll in the RWP please click here for the WAFWA Certificate of Participation (WCP). If you have any questions please contact Sean Kyle, chairman of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group, at sean.kyle@wafwa.org or Bill Van Pelt, Grassland Coordinator at bill.vanpelt@WAFWA.org.

The RWP also provides protective assurances to participating landowners. Landowners may participate in the offset unit generating option (provides assurances and per acre payments) or the non-offset unit generating option (provides assurances but no payments). Farmers, ranchers, and landowners may contact their local state fish and wildlife agency biologist to answer questions about enrollment in the plan.
Other important information for the Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation effort
Click here to view the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Plan Annual Report

Click here to learn more about the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan.

The RWP includes habitat management goals and conservation practices to be applied throughout the lesser prairie-chickenís range, guided by the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) online database and mapping system, a project supported by the Western Governors Association.

WAFWA Certified Technical Service Providers (click here).

LPC Range-wide Plan Industry Operations Information Sheet (click here).

WAFWA would also like to remind you of:
About WAFWA
Representing Member Fish and Wildlife Agencies Since 1922

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, spanning from Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii - an area covering nearly 3.7 million square miles of some of North America's most wild and scenic country, inhabited by over 1500 premier wildlife species.

WAFWA is a strong advocate of the rights of states and provinces to manage fish and wildlife within their borders. The Association has been a key organization in promoting the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.

We hope this site allows you to become better acquainted with the people of WAFWA, our mission, and our passion for wildlife. We encourage you to look around the site and be sure to check out the photos from our award-winning photographers.
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