“These are the first easements obtained by WAFWA in the shortgrass ecoregion, as called for by the Lesser Prairie Chicken Rangewide Conservation Plan,” said Brad Odle, WAFWA’s regional wildlife biologist, in a news release. Odle worked closely with the landowners to secure the easements.
“We applaud these visionary landowners who are protecting and conserving the landscape as working ranches, ensuring they will be enjoyed by future generations,” he added. “These easements will protect habitat that benefits a whole host of wildlife species, including the lesser prairie chicken. This is another positive step toward establishing a stronghold for lesser prairie chickens in this area.”
For information, contact Roger Wolfe at (785) 256-3737. The Lesser Prairie Chicken Rangewide Conservation Plan can be found online at www.wafwa.org.