We work one-on-one with private landowners in the five-state LPCI action area.
Roughly 95% of lesser-prairie chicken habitat is privately owned. Building on a long history of NRCS conservation assistance to our nation’s agricultural producers, the NRCS-led Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative works with private landowners throughout the lesser prairie-chicken’s five-state range, which includes parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The LPCI action area encompasses a 10-mile buffer around the current estimated range of lesser prairie-chickens, as shown in the range map, right.
LPCI conservation efforts focus on priority habitat areas identified by the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) developed by the Kansas Biological Survey (Kansas State University), in collaboration with state fish and wildlife agencies, the Western Governors Association, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, and other partners.
Take a look at the Southern Great Plains CHAT mapping tool for detailed mapping information related to lesser prairie-chicken distribution and conservation.