NRS, on behalf of a consortium of oil and gas companies, has been involved in the development of the Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LEPC) since 2012. Listed by USFWS in April 2014, the LEPC has a current estimated occupied range that extends across five states (Colorado, New Mexico Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas) and covers approximately 19 million acres. The successful development and implementation of any conservation strategy encompassing such a large geographical area requires the participation and support of a large, diverse group of stakeholders. NRS was heavily involved in coordinating the complicated process of bringing together such a group, which includes state and federal agencies, environmental organizations, academia, and industrial interests from both oil and gas and agriculture. The strategy is composed of three primary components: the Stakeholder Conservation Plan, the Habitat Quantification Tool and the Habitat Exchange. The Stakeholder Conservation Plan (SCP) is a habitat conservation plan that, once approved, will improve and conserve habitat for the LEPC across the species’ five-state range. The Habitat Quantification Tool (HQT) is a science-based system of measurements used to quantify habitat conditions in functional acres, assuring consistent and accurate assessment of impacts and conservation actions. The Habitat Exchange Agreement (HEA) establishes a credit trading system, allowing developers to purchase Credits (representing conservation) generated by landowners for mitigation and benefit of the species.
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Stakeholder Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken