New Paradigm

Amy Erickson photo

Amy Erickson photo

Voluntary incentives, collaboration, confidentiality — just a few of the hallmarks of LPCI’s approach to conservation.

The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, led by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

LPCI is one of several NRCS landscape conservation initiatives across the country, which work to improve the environment while maintaining a vibrant agricultural sector. These landscape conservation initiatives have established a new paradigm for achieving conservation goals, built on NRCS’s long history of trusted, voluntary conservation programs for farmers and ranchers.


By taking a landscape-level approach to conservation in which we carefully monitor and assess lesser prairie-chicken populations and habitat dynamics across the lesser prairie-chicken’s five-state range, LPCI focuses technical and financial assistance on critical habitat areas, where conservation efforts will have the greatest benefit to lesser prairie-chickens.

LPCI uses four key strategies in its approach to conservation: