Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

The lesser prairie chicken range-wide conservation plan (RWP) provides industry and landowners, through their enrollment and implementation of conservation measures, the ability to receive compliance with the Endangered Species Act and not be subject to further regulation. 

Industry representatives please click here to review the FAQ sheet for enrolling strategies. For those wanting to enroll in the RWP please click here for the WAFWA Certificate of Participation (WCP). If you have any questions please contact:

  • Sean Kyle, Chairman of the Lesser Prairie Chicken Interstate Working Group, at sean.kyle@wafwa.org or
  • Bill Van Pelt, Grassland Coordinator at bill.vanpelt@WAFWA.org.

The RWP also provides protective assurances to participating landowners. Landowners may participate in the offset unit generating option (provides assurances and per acre payments) or the non-offset unit generating option (provides assurances but no payments). Farmers, ranchers, and landowners may contact their local state fish and wildlife agency biologist to answer questions about enrollment in the plan.

Click here to learn more about the Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan.

The RWP includes habitat management goals and conservation practices to be applied throughout the lesser prairie-chicken’s range, guided by the Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) online database and mapping system, a project supported by the Western Governors Association.

WAFWA Certified Technical Service Providers (click here).

LPC Range-wide Plan Industry Operations Information Sheet (click here).

Contact Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
522 Notre Dame Court
Cheyenne, Wyoming  82009
Phone: 623-236-7573
Cell Phone: 307-631-4536
Fax: 307-638-1470


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Office Locaters

Project Updates for Lesser Prairie Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Removes Lesser Prairies Chicken from List of Threatened and Endngered Species

Agency will continue working with stakeholders on conservation efforts benefitting lesser prairie-chicken, landowners and local economies.

WAFWA Encourages Oil & Gas Company Participation in Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Plan

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is encouraging oil and gas companies to enroll oil and gas leases and pipelines in a voluntary program to help conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. Because of a Sept. 1, 2015 federal court decision that vacated protection of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species

WAFWA Land Acquisition Permanently Protects Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat in Kansas

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has finalized the purchase of approximately 30,000 acres of high-quality lesser prairie-chicken habitat in southwest Kansas.

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