Use the Library of Technical Articles
Here are some helpful articles that explain the issues and provide more information on habitat protection and restoration of lesser prairie chicken populations
Reducing Woody Encroachment in Grasslands: A Guide for Understanding Risk and Vulnerability
By: Dirac Twidwell, Dillon Fogarty, and John Weir
A new guide, produced through a partnership between public university extension programs in the Great Plains, the USDA-NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the USDA-NRCS’s Central National Technology Support Center (CNTSC), and various other conservation partners, provides the first-ever framework for addressing woody encroachment, now recognized as one of the top two drivers of grassland loss in the Great Plains.
Working Lands For Wildlife
By: USDA - NRCS
Through Working Lands for Wildlife —a voluntary, incentive-based effort—the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its conservation partners will provide landowners with technical and financial assistance to: Restore populations of declining wildlife species.
Conservation Reserve Program Benefits Lesser Prairie-Chickens
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service
The population of lesser prairie chickens has declined 90% from its highest levels. This study investigates the role that land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) may play in helping the species.
Better Grazing Through Burning
By: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
“The prairie has to have fire or it’s going to be gone—we’re going to lose it to the encroachment of trees.” Those are the words of rancher Ed Koger of southwest Kansas.
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Hen and Brood Habitat Use on Sand Shinnery Oak
By: Luke A. Bell, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Michael A. Patten, Donald H. Wolfe, and Steve K. Sherrod
The structural attributes of shrubland communities may provide thermal refugia and protective cover necessary for wild animals to survive. During the summers of 2002 and 2003, we evaluated the thermal environment for lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus Ridgway) broods in southeast New Mexico across a complex landscape that included grazed sand shinnery oak (Quercus havardii Rydb.) ...
Fine-Scale Selection Of Habitat By The Lesser Prairie-Chicken
By: Lena C. Larsson, Christin L. Pruett, Donald H. Wolfe, and Michael A. Patten
Proper management of grasslands and shrublands requires an understanding of the factors that influence the persistence of organisms. We compare differences in vegetation between sites occupied by the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) and random sites to investigate composition of grasses and forbs and the importance of cover.
Integrating Bird Conservation into Range Management
This manual is designed to assist resource professionals with integrating birds and their habitat needs into range management and monitoring, and to train landowners and land managers to do the same.& ...
Sharing Your Land with Prairie Wildlife
By: Scott W. Gillihan, David J. Hanni, Scott W. Hutchings, Tony Leukering, Ted Toombs, and Tammy
This third edition of this manual (formerly entitled Sharing Your Land With Shortgrass Prairie Birds) is about how to help birds and other wildlife make a living from the land while you do the same.
Best Management Practices for Shortgrass Prairie Birds
By: Scott W. Gillihan and Scott W. Hutchings
The information in this guide is designed to guide you in creating and maintaining habitat for 13 bird species of the shortgrass prairie, birds that are in need of conservation efforts.
The 2015 Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan Annual Progress Report
By: William E. Van Pelt, Sean C. Kyle, Jim C. Pitman, Deb M. VonDeBur, Michael E. Houts
This document is the 2015 Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) progress report for the comprehensive conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) titled The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan (RWP).
2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation
By: North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee
The 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation was prepared as an introduction for fish and wildlife conservation providers – the on-the-ground biologists and conservation partners who help deliver Farm Bill conservation programs to landowners.
A Grassland Conservation Plan For Prairie Grouse
By: W. L. Vodehnal and J. B. Haufler, Compilers
This Grassland Conservation Plan for Prairie Grouse, coordinated by the North American Grouse Partnership, represents the collective efforts and expertise of numerous grassland and prairie grouse experts in developing habitat prioritizations that are needed to sustain grouse and other grassland species into the future.
Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers
By: Don Stuart, Dennis Canty, and Katherine Killebrew
The Guide to Environmental Markets for Farmers and Ranchers, produced by the American Farmland Trust (AFT), provides an overview of available market opportunities for environmental credits and services, how farmers and ranchers can get involved in them, and ways to encourage their continued growth.
Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks
By: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This document provides guidance on the establishment, use, and operation of conservation banks for the purpose of providing a tool for offset mitigating adverse impacts to species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan
By: W.E. Van Pelt, S. Kyle, J. Pitman, D. Klute, G. Beauprez, D. Schoeling, A. Janus, and J. Haufler
This document is a comprehensive range-wide conservation plan (RWP) for the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; hereafter LPC).
Herbicides as an Alternative to Prescribed Burning for Achieving Wildlife Management Objectives
By: T. Bently Wigley, Karl V. Miller, David S. deCalesta, and Mark W. Thomas
Abstract.—Prescribed burning is used for many silvicultural and wildlife management objectives. However, the use of prescribed burning can be constrained due to difficulties in obtaining burning permits, concerns about liability, potential effects of scorch on growth and survival of crop trees, its sometimes ineffective results, limited burning days, and the costs of applying, controlling, and monitoring burns.
RWP Executive Summary (March 2014)
This updated Executive Summary of WAFWA's Range-wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken outlines the WAFWA Mitigation System, the Plan Administration (including committee composition), and current implementation status.
Lesser Prairie Chicken Oil and Gas CCAA
By: WAFWA and US FWS
This Range-Wide Oil and Gas Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) for the LPC represents a collaborative effort between the FWS, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), WAFWA’s Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife (FWFW), interested oil and gas companies, and trade associations.
Range-wide Plan Executive Summary
The purpose of the range-wide plan (RWP) for the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) is to identify a conservation strategy that will ensure the long-term existence of the species at sustainable levels when fully implemented.
Kansas Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program Plan
By: USDA - NRCS
The NRCS, with advice from the Kansas Technical Committee (KTC), identified the following wildlife priorities for the Kansas WHIP plan: grassland birds with emphasis on bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, and prairie chicken (lesser and greater); threatened and endangered (T&E) species and species in need of conservation (SINC); and Natural communities to include prairies, wetlands, and riparian areas.
Ecology of the lesser prairie-chicken
By: Wood Foundation
This document describes the different habitat requiremenst of the LPC. It includes descriptions of nesting habitat, brood-rearing habitat, fall/winter habitat, LEPC diet, and predators/diseases.
How to Use CHAT
This PowerPoint outlines how to use the Southern Great Plains CHAT: A decision support system for the Lesser Prairie Chicken.