Landowners (including many royalty owners) in the five-state region that includes the lesser prairie chicken habitat are beginning to learn about options for enrolling acreage under the Range-wide Plan to protect the species and enhance habit.
Will landowners have to do anything proactive to their land or simply allow oil companies to do the habitat protection/enhancement? Will oil companies begin proactively contacting landowners beginning now?
Landowners who take conservation dollars WILL have to implement some form/fashion of habitat improvement, to mitigate the surface/habitat degradation caused by oil/wind/transmission/developers. That will be verified by Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA).
Stakeholders in the effort to protect the species believe landowners will be contacted by a multitude of associations, wildlife groups and individual companies urging their participation.
More information will be forthcoming in the early part of 2014, but for now one of the best resources is the WAFWA website (www.wafwa.org).