New Partnership Opportunity for Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat Restoration: The WAFWA Grassland Restoration and Retention Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is currently undertaking a status review of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) which could result in the bird being placed on the endangered species list as soon as 2018. Recent USFWS analysis suggests that current conservation efforts like the mitigation program under the WAFWA Range-wide Plan (RWP) and USDA Farm Bill programs may not be keeping pace with habitat losses. If the LPC becomes listed, it could result in additional federal regulation that will increase costs and scheduling delays for energy, communications, and agricultural industries across the region. Substantial habitat restoration in addition to the existing conservation efforts is needed to minimize the risk of a federal listing.
The WAFWA Grassland Restoration and Retention Program will bolster existing conservation efforts and speed progress towards the habitat goals defined in the RWP. The initial goal of the program is to restore 70,000 acres of LPC habitat and retain 5,000 acres of grassland at risk of being converted to agriculture.
How can you or your company help?
Please consider donating to support the WAFWA Grassland Restoration and Retention Program to help conserve this iconic species on the southern Great Plains, to support farmers and ranchers in the region, and to reduce the potential for additional federal regulation of industries and agriculture throughout the region.
To learn more about how the WAFWA Grassland Restoration and Retention Program is implemented on private lands including targeting areas, ranking criteria and details on restoration practices, see the link below. For other questions about the program or to discuss donations, contact Sean Kyle, our Industry Services Director.
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