Welcome to the ODWC Lesser Prairie Chicken Development Planning webpage.
The products served on this page collectively comprise A Spatially-Based Planning Tool Designed to Reduce Negative Effects of Development on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) in Oklahoma.
This is the result of a Multi-Entity Collaboration to Promote Lesser Prairie-Chicken Voluntary Habitat Conservation and Prioritized Management Actions and was developed by the following partners:
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, The Nature Conservancy, George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center, Oklahoma State University, and Office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Environment.
Before downloading or using any of the model outputs, users should first read and understand the Model Description (available here) for a detailed description of the model, including how it was created, its intended uses, and detailed instructions in how to use the model outputs.
The Oklahoma Lesser Prairie-Chicken Spatial Planning Tool (OLEPCSPT 2010) is a spatially explicit model designed to assist development planning by avoiding, minimizing and mitigating negative effects of development on the lesser prairie-chicken in Oklahoma. The model and all associated products are specific to the lesser prairie-chicken and Oklahoma.
It is extremely important to understand that the Oklahoma Lesser Prairie-Chicken Spatial Planning Tool does not address, or attempt to address, any other potential concerns to natural resources within the modeled area except the LEPC. There may be additional natural resource concerns (e.g., public conservation lands, rare or sensitive habitats, state species of concern, federally listed species, and others) within the area that was modeled requiring developerís consideration and evaluation to ensure compliance with appropriate state and federal laws and ongoing conservation initiatives. Some sources for additional spatial tools and wildlife planning resources are located here (link to additional resources). If any uncertainty exists regarding potential for effects to natural resources, the appropriate state or federal authority should be contacted.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of those involved with the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of proposed developments to complete all appropriate assessments, determine the likelihood of effecting natural resources, and pursue the appropriate course(s) of action in coordination with the appropriate statutory authority for a given resource.
The products on this page are no longer valid, and have been replaced with the Rangewide Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Plan (http://www.wafwa.org/documents/2013LPCRWPfinalfor4drule12092013.pdf) and the SGP Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (http://kars.ku.edu/geodata/maps/sgpchat/).
User feedback, questions and or comments should be addressed to:
Russ Horton, Research Supervisor
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
PO Box 53465
Oklahoma City, OK 73152