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Start Date
2012-08-24
End Date
2013-06-30

Summary

The range-wide plan (RWP) has been developed in response to concerns about lesser prairie-chicken (LPC) habitat threats which may be impacting LPC populations, and the proposed listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Along with the existing conservation efforts already being implemented, as described in the RWP, the supporting WAFWA Conservation Agreement (WCA) represents another mechanism to implement conservation to benefit LPC. The WCP represents an opportunity to enroll participants who agree to avoid, minimize and mitigate actions which may be detrimental to LPC. Landowners may enroll properties to be managed for the benefit of LPC. Properties may generate credits for mitigation. When complete avoidance is not possible, [...]

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Purpose

The purpose of the RWP for LPC is to develop a conservation strategy for the species that identifies, coordinates, and commits to the implementation of an effort that ensures the improvement and long-term persistence into the foreseeable future (50 years) for the LPC throughout its current or expanded range. More specifically, this RWP: 1. Identifies range-wide and sub-population goals for LPC, the first benchmark being a ten year average of 67,000 birds range-wide. 2. Identifies desired habitat amounts and conditions to achieve the population goal within the first ten-year timeframe. 3. Uses a decision support tool (CHAT) identifying focal areas and connectivity zones where LPC conservation actions will be emphasized to produce the habitat conditions required to expand and sustain the species. 4. Enhances programs and cooperative efforts to encourage and expand voluntary landowner incentives and practices to produce the desired habitat conditions. 5. Promotes agreements designed to avoid and minimize impacts to LPC from various development activities and where avoidance is not possible, mitigate impacts. 6. Establishes a mitigation framework to be used by any entity and administered by WAFWA that will establish development agreements and when unavoidable impacts occur, to compensate for these impacts through off-site mitigation actions. 7. Identifies research needs and implements monitoring. 8. Develops an adaptive management framework that will incorporate monitoring and new information into future adjustments to maximize conservation benefits to LPC. 9. Addresses input and suggestions from agencies, organizations, landowners, industries, other stakeholders, and the general public on the conservation plan for LPC.

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Communities

  • Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal

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