Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) - New Mexico

To assist in the recovery of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has collaborated with partners to develop a five-state Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative (LPCI). The initiative provides financial and technical assistance to landowners for their voluntary management, enhancement, and expan­sion of lesser prairie-chicken habitat, while promoting the overall health of grazing lands and the long-term sustainability of ranching operations. LPCI objectives will be funded by NRCS through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


The LPCI goal is to promote a healthy agricultural landscape which provides for the enhancement and long-term maintenance of lesser prairie-chicken habitat. Priority resource concerns to address include:

  • Reduced habitat quality, or other limiting factors, which restrict lesser prairie-chicken population growth.
  • Plant communities with declining health, productivity or vigor.
  • Deterioration of economic stability for ranching operations.
  • Plus many more – Each conservation plan will be tailored to address site-specific resource concerns.

Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)

An online mapping application was created by a coalition of states to provide information on lesser prairie-chicken habitat; to help facilitate targeted conservation efforts and responsible development of natural resources. The Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT).

LPCI Conservation Practices and Requirements

Provided below are a few of the NRCS Conservation Practices used to implement the initiative. A complete list is provided in the FY2012 LPCI Conservation Practices.

Required Management Practices

  • Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645), and
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)

Supporting Practices

  • Brush Management (314)
  • Fence (382)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Prescribed Burning (338)
  • Range Planting (550)
  • Obstruction Removal (500)


For additional information about the LPCI and how to apply, please contact the local NRCS office in your county (USDA Service Centers). NRCS service centers included in the initiative: Artesia, Clovis, Fort Sumner, Lovington, Roswell, Tucumcari, and Portales.

For additional information please visit the National NRCS website on Landscape Initiatives.

Contact Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) - New Mexico

Michael Neubeiser
6200 Jefferson NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109
Phone: (505) 761-4419
Toll Free: (800) 410-2067
Fax: (505) 761-4462


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Chaves County, New Mexico
  • Curry County, New Mexico
  • De Baca County, New Mexico
  • Eddy County, New Mexico
  • Lea County, New Mexico
  • Quay County, New Mexico
  • Roosevelt County, New Mexico

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Project Updates for Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) - New Mexico

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan Reports on Successful Second Year

On March 31, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service its second annual report detailing achievements under the

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