NRS, working on behalf of a consortium of oil and gas companies, is currently involved in the development of a rangewide conservation strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LEPC). The USFWS has proposed to list the LEPC as threatened, with a final determination expected in March of 2014. The current occupied range of the LEPC 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 has been 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. This range-wide stakeholder conservation strategy, when complete, will include a comprehensive Regional Habitat Conservation Plan for the LEPC and associated Section 10 permit, a standardized set of metrics that consistently measure both impacts and offsets to habitat, and a Habitat Exchange that promotes active conservation for the LEPC through a crediting system.
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