The United States Fish and wildlife Service (USFWS) has endorsed a voluntary five-state plan to conserve habitat for the lesser prairie chicken.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

The Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation Plan (RWP), which evolved from Oklahoma’s own plan, is the product of collaboration among the five states in the lesser prairie-chicken range - Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, all members of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

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"The Wildlife Department and its partners are leading the way in the effort to conserve lesser prairie-chickens," said Richard Hatcher, director of the Wildlife Department. "This plan ensures the sustainability of lesser prairie chickens while allowing responsible economic development across the birds' range. Equally important, it recognizes private property rights and the role that landowners play in conserving habitat."

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