LPCI Overview

Nick Richter Photo

Nick Richter photo

What’s LPCI about? In a nutshell — our mission is to keep lesser prairie-chickens booming through win-win conservation.

In 2010, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) launched the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative to help ranchers and farmers voluntarily enhance lesser prairie-chicken habitat while improving the long-term sustainability of their agricultural operations.

Launched in 2010, LPCI is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Though lesser prairie-chickens were once abundant across more than 180,000 square miles of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, their distribution has been reduced by more than 85%, largely due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Through LPCI, NRCS and its partners are taking a proactive and targeted approach to species conservation in the lesser prairie-chicken’s five-state range.

With 95% of lesser prairie-chicken habitat located on private lands, empowering landowners to improve rangelands is essential to conserving and expanding lesser prairie-chicken populations.

The LPCI partnership puts Farm Bill funds to work assisting landowners in priority habitat areas who volunteer to manage, enhance, and expand suitable lesser prairie-chicken habitat. These voluntary practices don’t just benefit prairie-chickens — they also promote the long-term sustainability of ranching operations.