Western Association of Fish
& Wildlife Agencies
Summer 2015 Meeting | Winter 2015 Meeting
Annual Conference
July 16 - 22, 2015
Reno, Nevada
Winter Meeting
January 8 - 11, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
WAFWA Seeks Two Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Service Directors
The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is seeking two Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Service Directors. These positions will be based in one of the five states within the range of the lesser prairie chicken - Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas or Colorado. The LPC Service Directors will provide support to implementing landscape conservation efforts like the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP), work in close cooperation with the LPC Program Manager, collect biological data and carry out a variety of habitat development, maintenance and management tasks, assist in preparing summary reports and the annual budget, supervise staff and direct work flow, attend staff, program and project planning meetings and assure project goals are met. These positions serve as the primary leads for industry and landowner conservation efforts.
Aerial Survey Shows Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Increased 20 Percent in 2014
The third annual lesser prairie-chicken aerial survey shows a nearly 20 percent increase in the bird’s range-wide population, up from an estimated 18,747 birds in 2013 to 22,415 this year. While wildlife biologists are encouraged by the increase, they note that prairie-chicken numbers can fluctuate up and down from year to year, mainly due to grassland habitat conditions influenced by rainfall. To see the full report, click here.
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 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-chicken’s 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:
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.

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