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


Lesser Prairie-Chicken Partnership Meeting, Edmond, Oklahoma January 17-18

February 2018
Recently the five range states, WAFWA, federal and state agencies and organizations working on lesser prairie-chicken conservation met in Edmond, Oklahoma, to share information on current chicken conservation efforts and identify new strategies for working together. You can read WAFWA's piece on the Edmond meeting here.

Lesser prairie chicken. Andrew J. Lawrence

Lesser prairie chicken. Credit: Andrew J. Lawrence.

Petitions to Federally Protect the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Increase Protections for Leopard Move Forward to Next Review Phase

November 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed initial reviews of three Endangered Species Act petitions and found that two present substantial information that the petitioned action may be warranted. A petition to list the lesser prairie-chicken as endangered and another to list the leopard as endangered throughout its range in Africa will move to the next phase, where each species will undergo a thorough status review. 

Read additional information on the Lesser prairie chicken

Photo of LPC by Andrew Lawrence
Lessor prairie chicken in field. Credit: © Andrew Lawrence

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Removes Lesser Prairie-Chicken from List of Threatened and Endangered Species in Accordance with Court Order

July 2016
The Service is officially removing the lesser prairie-chicken from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in accordance with the September 2015 court order vacating our 2014 listing determination. This administrative action and the decision not to appeal the court’s ruling do not constitute a biological determination on whether or not the lesser prairie-chicken warrants federal protection. The direct final rule (Docket No. FWS-ES-R2-2016-0028) will be available in the Federal Register Reading Room on July 19, 2016, and publish on July 20, 2016.

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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: February 6, 2018