Success Stories

Quenna Terry photo

Quenna Terry photo

Since 2010, ranchers have enrolled more than a million acres in LPCI’s voluntary range-enhancement programs.

Below we share stories of just a few of the more than 400 ranchers who have taken part in LPCI’s voluntary range enhancement programs.

Steve Rader, Rader Ranch, Texas

0938SandraMurphy copyFor third-generation farmer and rancher Steve Rader, diversity is the key to ranch sustainability. Rader Ranch, in the Panhandle region near Follett, is home to some 400 head of cattle in average rainfall years.
[Read his story]

Dwight Abell, Abell Ranch, Kansas

AbellRanchcropped copyKansas rancher Dwight Abell is shifting his expired Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands to cattle grazing with LPCI assistance, a win-win proposition for his cattle operation and prairie wildlife. [Read his story] Dwight is featured in LPCI’s 3.5-minute video on LPCI  assistance for expiring CRP grasslands. [Watch the video]

Ed Koger, Hashknife Ranch, Kansas

0766JeremyRoberts,ConservationMedia copyUnder Ed Koger’s care, the Hashknife Ranch is home to a thriving population of lesser prairie-chickens and a robust cattle operation. Since the late 1970s, Ed has used prescribed burning to nurture a healthy grassland community. [read his story] Ed is featured in LPCI’s 5-minute video on LPCI assistance for using prescribed fire to enhance grassland habitat and forage. [watch the video]

Bill Barby, BBarB Ranch, Kansas

0793SandraMurphy copyRancher Bill Barby of southwest Kansas weathered recent severe drought with the help of federal wildlife habitat enhancement programs. [read his story] Bill is one of the ranchers featured in LPCI’s 4-minute video introducing the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative. [watch the video]

Clay Cooper, Cross Creek Ranch, Texas

0042aQuennaTerry,USDA,NRCSIn 2014, Clay Cooper became the first LPCI rancher to adopt a Working Lands For Wildlife plan, which provides long-term assurances about Endangered Species Act regulation. [Read his story] In this 25-minute Out on the Land episode, which aired in January 2015, Cooper describes how LPCI helped him develop a conservation plan to help manage his rangelands and cattle operation while providing “predictability” under lesser prairie-chicken ESA regulation. [Watch the video]

LH Webb, Seven Cross Ranch, Texas

0050QuennaTerry,USDA,NRCSLH Webb, rancher and operator of Seven Cross Ranch, describes how his LPCI conservation plan improves habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken in this 25-minute Out on the Land episode, which aired in January 2015. [Watch the video]

Roy Beally, Kansas

RoyBeallyFifth-generation rancher Roy Beally describes how participating in LPCI helps his ranch’s bottom line, making it possible to continue his family’s ranching heritage in this 5-minute segment of This American Land. [Watch the video]

Kyle Dillard, New Mexico

0073AmyEricksonIn this 4-minute Playa Country Radio segment, rancher Kyle Dillard discusses how LPCI helped him manage his rangeland during intensive drought, improving his ranch operation and improving habitat for the LEPC. [Listen]

Jordan Shearer, Oklahoma

0554KenBrunsonThis 4-minute Playa Country Radio segment highlights rancher Jordan Shearer’s experience using LPCI technical and financial support to remove and control invasive eastern redcedar and mesquite plants while improving lesser prairie-chicken habitat. [Listen]

Glen Mull, Amy Harter, and Tom Turner, Kansas

0188NRCSGlen Mull and his daughter, Amy Harter, collaborate with Tom Turner to co-manage the grassland they own and the grassland he manages next door. Together, the Mulls and Turner have enrolled roughly 3,000 acres in Edwards and Stafford counties in the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative. [Read their story]

Loren Sizelove, Oklahoma

0520aKenBrunsonLoren Sizelove, a rancher in Oklahoma’s panhandle, describes how participating in LPCI allowed him to remove and control invasive redcedars on his land, in this 4-minute Playa Country Radio segment. [Listen]