Careful planning and management can help ranchers and wildlife weather drought conditions.
Severe drought, such as occurred during 2010 and 2011 throughout the Southern Great Plains, can have dire consequences for both agricultural producers and lesser prairie-chickens. Careful planning and management can build resilience that helps ranchers and wildlife weather drought conditions.
This includes contingency plans that describe decisions and actions producers will implement if drought conditions occur and plant community health is in danger. Drought contingency plans provide producers with needed alternatives and options when drought hits and can reduce both financial and habitat impacts.