Western Association of Fish
& Wildlife Agencies
Summer 2015 Meeting | Winter 2015 Meeting
UPCOMING WAFWA MEETINGS:
Annual Conference
July 16 - 22, 2015
Reno, Nevada
Winter Meeting
January 8 - 11, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
LPC Initiative Council accepting nominations for the LPC Advisory Committee
Dear Interested Party:

The Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Council (LPCIC) are accepting nominations for a vacated conservation organization seat on the Lesser Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee (LPCAC). The intent of the LPCAC, and its associated work groups, is to support WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP), promote effective communication between the parties, resolve disputes, revise cost structures, and make adaptive management recommendations for consideration and/or LPCIC approval. The LPCAC will provide the necessary expertise and a diverse representation of the affected stakeholders.

The LPCAC will meet, at minimum, annually. Additional meetings of the LPCAC may be scheduled as requested by members or the LCPIC. The general timeframe for the meetings will be from mid-fall through mid-winter. Funding for travel for members is not currently available. The LPCAC will:
  • Review annual reports from Ecoregional Implementation Teams and Technical Service Providers concerning enrollment, monitoring and conservation delivery related to the RWP
  • Review overall progress toward meeting conservation goals through the mitigation framework and, as necessary, make recommendations for changes to the mitigation framework
  • Review and recommend applications for Technical Service Providers to the LPCIC and review compliance and reporting by Technical Service Providers
  • Review non-compliance issues by participants and recommend appropriate LPCIC action
  • Review research needs and, if needed, recommend a portion of annual Habitat Conservation Fees as noncash (e.g. in-kind) match for research
  • Review reports and evaluate recommendations from the Fee Structure, Science, and the Interstate Working Groups
  • Annually provide a report to the LPCIC
For the nomination form please click here (Word Document) (PDF). Please send completed forms to Cal Baca at Cal.Baca@wafwa.org by close of business June 12, 2015.
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 local state fish and wildlife agency biologist to answer questions about enrollment in the plan. (You can arrange the names in any manner to make them fit).
Kansas
Brad Odle, KDWPT
PO Box 338
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-8614
brad.odle@ksoutdoors.com
Colorado
Brian Dreher, CPW
4255 Sinton Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
719-227-5220
brian.dreher@state.co.us
Oklahoma
Allan Janus, ODWC
1801 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
405-744-9527
alan.janus@odwc.ok.gov
New Mexico
Grant Beauprez, NMDGF
575-478-2460
grant.beauprez@state.nm.us
Texas
Calvin Richardson, TPWD, District 2 Leader
P.O. Box 659
Canyon, TX 79015
806-651-3014
calvin.Richardson@tpwd.texas.gov
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-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:
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