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Lesser prarire-chicken. Photo Credit: © McRoberts, USFWS
Lesser Prairie-chicken
(Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)


Aerial survey shows lesser prairie-chicken population increased 25 percent from 2014 to 2015

July 2014
An abundance of spring rainfall, along with ongoing efforts associated with the Lesser Prairie-chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, has helped increase the lesser prairie-chicken’s population approximately 25 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to results from a recent range-wide aerial survey.

WAFWA News Release

Service Approves Lesser Prairie-Chicken Programmatic Conservation Bank

March 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved LPC Conservation LLC (Wayne Walker, Common Ground Capital)’s Programmatic Conservation Bank for the lesser prairie-chicken. The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Programmatic Conservation Bank Agreement (LPC PCBA) is the first of its kind and will assist in the recovery of the lesser prairie-chicken while providing benefits to landowners who are interested in conserving their lands and to those undertaking projects that may impact the species. The first two LPC PCBA approved parcels, totaling approximately 29,082 acres, are located in Kansas, which is currently the state with the largest lesser prairie-chicken population.

For more information on the lesser prairie-chicken, please visit Additional information on LPC Conservation LLC and the LPC PCBA are available at

News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Lesser Prairie-Chicken as Threatened Species and Finalizes Special Rule Endorsing Landmark State Conservation Plan

Special Rule Establishes Unprecedented Conservation Partnership with States to Provide Regulatory Certainty for Landowners and Businesses; Enables States to Maintain Lead Management for Conservation Efforts

March 2014
In response to the rapid and severe decline of the lesser prairie-chicken, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the final listing of the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as a final special rule under section 4(d) of the ESA that will limit regulatory impacts on landowners and businesses from this listing. Under the law, a “threatened” listing means the species is likely to become in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future; it is a step below “endangered” under the ESA and allows for more flexibility in how the Act’s protections are implemented.

The final rule to list the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened and the final special rule will publish in the Federal Register and will be effective 30 days after publication.

News Release
Final Listing Rule
Final 4d Rule
Conservation Efforts Table

Service Finalizes Range-wide Conservation Agreement to Aid Lesser Prairie-Chicken on Oil and Gas Lands

February 2014
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) signed the Range-wide Oil and Gas Industry Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LEPC CCAA). The Service also released an accompanying environmental assessment (EA). The agreement is the result of longstanding cooperation between the Service and the five range states of the lesser prairie-chicken—Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico—to undertake conservation action for the species, which is proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Additional information on the CCAA and EA are available at:

Service to Host Three Public Scoping Meetings on the American Habitat Center Proposed Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

February 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the American Habitat Center (AHC) will host three public scoping meetings on the AHC Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. Scoping meetings will be held in Garden City, Kansas; Woodward, Oklahoma; and Morton, Texas.The scoping meetings will be organized in an open house format and are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at each of the following locations:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Garden City Community Center
801 Campus Drive
Garden City, KS 76846

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
High Plains Technology Center
3921 34th Street
Woodward, OK 73801

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Cochran County Activity Center
200 W Taylor
Morton, TX 79346

Bulletin (120kb PDF)

Service to Begin Evaluation of American Habitat Center’s Proposed Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

February 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the impacts of, and alternatives to, the proposed Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken developed by the American Habitat Center (AHC). AHC’s application includes a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will address the take of the lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) in the event that the species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This announcement begins a 30-day public comment period.

Public scoping meetings will be held at three locations within the six state proposed permit area. Exact meeting locations and times will be noticed in local newspapers and at the Service’s Southwest Office website, at least 2 weeks prior to each event.

Bulletin (270kb PDF)
Federal Register

Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Public Comment Period on Special Rule under Endangered Species Act for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Reopening Ensures Public Access to Range-wide Conservation Plan

January 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening for 14 days the public comment period on the proposed special rule that would provide regulatory certainty for landowners by exempting from regulation conservation actions and development undertaken in accordance with the state-developed, range-wide lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan, should the prairie-chicken be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The reopening is to ensure that the public has access to the range-wide conservation plan referenced in the special rule. The range-wide plan is now posted on the agency’s web site.

Comments must be received by February 12, 2014. You may submit comments in one of the following ways:

(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search box, enter FWS–R2–ES–2012–0071, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2012–0071; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

Bulletin (210kb PDF)
Federal Register


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Contact: Jim Dick
PH: 505-248-6660

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Western Assc of Fish and Wildlife Agencies:
Region-Wide LPC Plan and
Aerial Surveys

2015 LPC Annual Report

Federal Agencies

US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - New Mexico

State Agencies

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Kansas Deptartment of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Survey Protocol - Spring 2016
(50kb PDF)

USFWS Biological Opinion for FSA (Conservation Reserve Program)
(2mb PDF)

AHC Scoping Report - July 2014
(100kb pdf)

AHC Scoping Report Appendicies - July 2014
(65mb pdf)

AHC Scoping Meeting Posters - February 2014
(4.9mb pdf)

AHC Scoping Meeting Presentation - February 2014
(2mb pdf)

LPC Initiatives Article - April 2012
(260kb pdf)

USFWS Conference Opinion for the NRCS LPCI
(3.4mb pdf)

About LPC

Frequently Asked Questions:
July 2012 (300kb PDF)
Nov 2012 (300kb PDF)

Lesser Prairie Chicken Estimated Range Map (120kb JPG)


LPC Mitigation Guidelines - Dec 2014
(1mb PDF)

Oklahoma CCAA
(1.2mb PDF)

New Mexico CCA CCAA (560kb PDF)

Texas CCAA
(2.1mb PDF)

LPC Oil & Gas CCAA

Stakeholder Conservation Strategy documents

NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

LPC White Paper
(50kb PDF)

LPC Public Meeting, August 10, 2012
(1.7mb PDF)


Listing Program Fact Sheet
(360kb PDF)

Candidate Conservation Agreement Fact Sheet
(300kb PDF)

LPC Conservation Information
(350kb PDF)

LPC Listing Process
(550kb PDF)

Last updated: April 25, 2016