NRCS Program Helps Provide Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat

Invasives

The lack of fire on the Great Plains has permitted indigenous and foreign woody plants to encroach on prairie grasslands. These invasives dominate ecosystems by disrupting natural vegetation, changing watersheds and disturbing native wildlife, like the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. A suite of practices under the NRCS Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative is assisting range managers with technical assistance and funding to remove or control those invasives while positively impacting the bird’s habitat.

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Initiative Helps New Mexico Rancher Manage Rangeland

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Kyle Dillard, a Milnesand rancher is taking advantage of an NRCS program. He’s a cow/calf man in eastern New Mexico, right in the middle of a large Lesser Prairie-Chicken population. Dillard discusses how the NRCS Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative helps him manage his rangeland and provide better habitat for the bird.

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NRCS Program Helps Rancher Remove Invasive Shrubs

Invasive removal

The lack of fire as a management tool on the Great Plains has permitted indigenous and foreign woody plants to encroach on prairie grasslands, reducing Lesser Prairie-Chicken habitat. Through the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative, NRCS can help producers and range managers remove woody invasive species — through burning, cutting and spraying. We tell one Oklahoma Panhandle rancher’s experience participating in the NRCS initiative.

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