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Shortgrass Prairie Partnership Meeting
Southwest Region, June 13, 2008
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John Hughes of the West Texas Suboffice of the Arlington ESFO and Luke Bell of the Tulsa ESFO attended an organizational meeting of the Shortgrass Prairie Partnership (SPP) in Yuma, Colorado.  The SPP is a coalition of federal, state, and private entities working to conserve habitat for imperiled species within the Central Shortgrass Prairie Ecoregion as defined by The Nature Conservancy’s ecoregional planning process.  Mr. Hughes and Mr. Bell discussed the threats facing shortgrass and midgrass prairie habitats in Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, and Mr. Bell presented a draft lesser prairie-chicken habitat conservation model for Oklahoma.  The SPP is considering sponsoring a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) proposal aimed at conserving lesser prairie-chicken habitat within the states of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Members of the SPP will likely meet once or twice a year in the future to discuss additional habitat conservation proposals.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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