lesser prairie-chicken initiative http://hppr.org en Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened http://hppr.org/post/kansas-joins-oklahoma-s-lawsuit-over-federal-listing-lesser-prairie-chicken-threatened <p></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a <a href="http://www.kansas.com/2014/03/28/3373285/kansas-will-join-lawsuit-over.html">recent article in the Wichita Eagle.</a></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29835 at http://hppr.org Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: Weaver Ranch Restores Habitat http://hppr.org/post/lesser-prairie-chicken-vertical-structures-weaver-ranch-restores-habitat <p></p><p>The sprawling Weaver Ranch near Causey, NM, is located in important Lesser Prairie-Chicken habitat. Ranch manager Willard Heck talks about removing 400-500 acres of mesquite plant that had encroached onto prairie land, fragmenting the bird's habitat. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 18726 at http://hppr.org Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: Weaver Ranch Restores Habitat Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: NM Project http://hppr.org/post/lesser-prairie-chicken-vertical-structures-nm-project <p></p><p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with hundreds of groups to restore and link back together the Lesser Prairie-Chicken's eastern New Mexico habitat. Crews are removing petroleum welljack pads and service roads, reseeding with native grasses, and removing other vertical objects like mesquite, trees and old windmills in effort to restore a habitat more friendly to the needs of the bird. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Dale Bolton 18467 at http://hppr.org Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: NM Project Lesser Prairie-Chicken's Aversion to Vertical Features http://hppr.org/post/lesser-prairie-chickens-aversion-vertical-features <p></p><p>Scientists researching the population declines of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken say the bird's habitat has been damaged by vertical structures and human activity like road-building and oil and gas mining. Vertical structures include mesquite and other woody invasives, which the bird is averse to nesting near. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:54:07 +0000 Dale Bolton 18060 at http://hppr.org Lesser Prairie-Chicken's Aversion to Vertical Features Managed Grazing During Times of Drought http://hppr.org/post/managed-grazing-during-times-drought <p>As of early-2013, much of the High Plains region is under extreme or exceptional drought. Ungerer, Crouch and Hagen discuss the significance of enrolling grassland in the NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:10:58 +0000 Dale Bolton 17840 at http://hppr.org Managed Grazing During Times of Drought NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative at Work - Tom Turner's Story http://hppr.org/post/nrcs-lesser-prairie-chicken-initiative-work-tom-turners-story <p></p><p>Land manager Tom Turner of St. John, KS, manages grazing land in west-central Kansas in the sandhills south of Kinsley. Owing to sandy soil composition the grassland is fragile. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:32:52 +0000 Dale Bolton 17585 at http://hppr.org NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative at Work - Tom Turner's Story 2013 Farm Bill and NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative http://hppr.org/post/2013-farm-bill-and-nrcs-lesser-prairie-chicken-initiative <p></p><p></p><p>Parts of the 2013 Farm Bill remained unresolved, but sections concerning conservation programs - like the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative - were funded through FY2013 at the end of 2012. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:23:01 +0000 Dale Bolton 17584 at http://hppr.org 2013 Farm Bill and NRCS Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative Farm Bill Status Update http://hppr.org/post/farm-bill-status-update <p>Playa Lakes Joint Venture's Policy Director Barth Crouch updates status of the 2013 Farm Bill. He says most ections of the legislation pertaining to conservation were funded through fiscal year 2013 in the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the end of 2012. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:25:40 +0000 Dale Bolton 16877 at http://hppr.org Farm Bill Status Update