Healthy Rangelands Store Critical Carbon Above and Below the Surface(4/5/2021)-Globally, rangelands store 12% of terrestrial carbon, making them a critical carbon sink and a key ecosystem for mitigating climate change. Underneath the range where the deer and antelope play, an upside-down forest plays a critical role in capturing and storing carbon. Rangelands globally contain 12 percent of terrestrial carbon, with about 87 percent in […]
A Conservation Dream Come True(3/2/2021)-This story originally appeared in Nebraskaland Magazine, the magazine of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Reposted here with permission. See the original here. By Renae Blum, Nebraskaland Magazine It was a calm March morning when Dan Leuenberger first heard it: the echoing calls of greater prairie-chickens. Climbing a hill on his Johnson County farm, […]
New technology helps ranchers maximize grass production(2/17/2021)-How much forage have you lost to woody species? The Rangeland Analysis Platform can help quantify forage loss and pinpoint where to invest conservation funding. Join the NRCS for a free webinar about using the RAP to incorporate economics into area-wide planning on February 25 at 3 pm ET.
Ask an Expert | Fire and the Great Plains(8/11/2020)-Fire used to play a big role in shaping the Great Plains. Does it today and how do the Plains recover from fire? Dr. Victoria Donovan answers this and other questions in this Ask an Expert.
PHEASANTS FOREVER Magazine | Of Partners, Promises and Prairie Treasures(2/13/2020)-Magazine Story | Pheasants Forever's Spring 2020 Journal of Upland Conservation features how the nonprofit works with LPCI and other partners to benefit a variety of grouse species including lesser prairie-chickens and sage grouse. Read the magazine stories now. Reposted with permission.
Quantifying Outcomes Improves Conservation Effectiveness(10/8/2019)-Since 2012, Working Lands for Wildlife has partnered with the Conservation Effects Assessment Project to co-produce 37 peer-reviewed studies that measure conservation outcomes, build accountability, and improve conservation effectiveness across the West.
Patch-Burn Grazing Fires Up Prairie-Chicken Habitat(1/3/2018)-SCIENCE TO SOLUTIONS: Hot off the press! New research shows that patch-burn grazing creates the mosaic of grassland habitat structure that prairie-chickens depend on. LPCI's latest Science to Solutions paper describes the research and its implications for range management.
Seeing the Prairie From a Coyote’s Eye View(12/27/2017)-FIELD REPORT; What does the prairie look like from a coyote's eye view, and why does that matter to lesser prairie-chickens? LPCI range conservationist Marina Osier, based in Lamar, Colorado, answers this question in her recent field report.
Keeping the Grass in CRP Grasslands—LPCI and the Dust Bowl legacy(10/9/2017)-LPCI NEWS: The Dust Bowl's legacy has profoundly shaped ranching and wildlife conservation in the southern Great Plains. LPCI helps ranchers like Abell keep grasslands in grass with technical and financial assistance to transition their expired Conservation Reserve Program acreage to sustainable grazing.
Prairie-chicken Restoration Efforts Take Flight in Southeast Colorado(6/19/2017)-LPCI NEWS RELEASE: Why did the lesser prairie-chicken cross the state line? If Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) biologists are successful, the answer will be to rebuild populations of this uncommon prairie grouse, which has mostly disappeared from the grasslands of the southeast corner of the state. Read about the relocation project >
LPCI Range and Wildlife Conservationist Position Open in Oklahoma(6/7/2017)-Application Deadline: June 16th Location: Buffalo, Oklahoma Anticipated Start Date: July 3rd, 2017 Overview: This position is located within the USDA Service Center in Harper County, Oklahoma, and will deliver conservation technical assistance to ranchers, producers, and private landowners within the counties of Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woods, Woodward & Ellis, Oklahoma. This position will deliver […]
Putting Conservation Easements to Work for Ranchers and Wildlife(5/16/2017)-NEWS: Conservation easements are another voluntary practice in LPCI's conservation toolbox that can provide long-term benefit to both landowners and wildlife. Learn how conservation easements keep working ranches working and prairie-chickens booming.
Wildlife Journal Spotlights Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation(5/15/2017)-NEWS: Lesser prairie-chickens take top billing in the latest issue of The Wildlife Professional, trade journal of The Wildlife Society, an international scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship.
New Mexico Range Managers Put Science to Work for Prairie-Chickens(4/14/2017)-LPCI NEWS RELEASE: For wildlife biologist Randy Howard, a new mapping tool developed by lesser prairie-chicken researchers is an essential part of restoring habitat for grassland-dependent wildlife. Read about this great example of "actionable science."
LPCI Featured Friend: Pheasants Forever(3/31/2017)-FEATURED FRIEND: Meet the Pheasants Forever, one of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative's key partner organizations. Pheasants Forever plays an important role in overseeing LPCI's Strategic Watershed Action Team.
WAFWA to begin aerial surveys of lesser prairie-chicken habitat(3/15/2017)-NEWS: Aerial surveys of lesser prairie-chickens will begin March 17 and run through mid-May in five states containing habitat the bird needs to thrive. The surveys are conducted annually by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to assess population trends .
Lessons from the Heath Hen(3/11/2017)-NEWS: Eighty-five years ago today, the last living heath hen was seen for the last time. Though the effort to save the heath hen was unsuccessful, it laid the groundwork for today's conservation efforts.
FEATURED FRIEND: Meet the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies(10/27/2016)-FEATURED FRIEND: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies plays a vital role in the scientific research that helps LPCI ensure that we're doing the right things in the right places to benefit lesser prairie-chickens. Learn about them in our latest Featured Friend story.
Fire Helps Kansas Rancher Restore Redcedar-infested Grasslands(7/6/2016)-LPCI PRESS RELEASE: When Tom Carr was a boy, redcedars were a rarity on his family's ranch lands in south-central Kansas. By the early 2000s, cedars had overtaken the grasslands. Through mechanical removal, prescribed fire, and an unexpected scorching from the Anderson Creek wildfire, Tom has removed most redcedars from his land and restored grassland health.
Latest Aerial Survey Documents Stable Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends(7/6/2016)-NEWS: The 2016 lesser prairie-chicken aerial survey shows bird population trends remain fairly stable after five years of aerial survey data collection. While numbers were down from last year, biologists emphasize the fluctuating nature of prairie-chicken populations and the importance of habitat conservation.
LPCI seeks qualified vendors for filmmaking project(4/27/2016)-LPCI PRESS RELEASE: Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative partner organization Pheasants Forever, Inc. seeks proposals from qualified vendors to create a multi-media outreach package for LPCI. Read the full RFP here.
How do Lesser Prairie-Chickens Survive the Winter?(2/2/2016)-FIELD REPORT: Biting winds, deep snows, frigid temperatures--how do prairie wildlife make it through the winter? LPCI wildlife biologist Amy Erickson reports in from Portales, NM, with her thoughts on winter survival strategies.
Tracks in the Sand(1/21/2016)-FIELD REPORT: LPCI wildlife biologist Amy Erickson explores the sand dunes of eastern New Mexico, where tracks in the sand reveal the presence of the many animals that live there. Read her blog >
LPCI Outreach Materials Offer Conservation Toolkit(1/12/2016)-LPCI Press Release: Throughout 2015, LPCI produced a range of outreach materials for landowners, resource managers, and the general public. A one-page fact sheet now provides quick links to the conservation toolkit.
NRCS and Texas Ranchers Team up for Conservation(1/7/2016)-NEWS: By taking part in voluntary NRCS conservation planning and range practices, Texas ranchers are conserving vital habitat for lesser prairie-chickens, State Conservationist Salvador Salinas reports at the annual Texas Commodity Symposium.
USDA Announces $50 Million to Help Producers Restore Habitat(12/15/2015)-LPCI PRESS RELEASE: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making available about $50 million in financial assistance in 2016 to partner with agricultural producers who want to restore habitat for seven focus species, including the lesser prairie-chicken.
The Role of Sand Sagebrush in Prairie Grasslands(12/3/2015)-FIELD REPORT: Roll the gray-green foliage of sand sagebrush between your fingers, and you’ll catch the spicy aroma of a plant that’s an important part of the prairie community—one that benefits livestock and wildlife alike.
Texas Rancher Creates Habitat Legacy(11/19/2015)-NEWS: For third-generation farmer and rancher Steve Rader, diversity is the key to ranch sustainability. Read about how his range conservation practices are creating a ranching and habitat legacy in the Texas panhandle.