In south-central and western Kansas lies a region marked with beautiful prairie vistas, rich grazing lands, pristine streams and deep red canyon walls. Known as the Red Hills, this area hosts rich and diverse plant and wildlife communities, and is Kansas’ second largest and most important, intact native prairie habitat.

Kansas is unique in that it holds the largest known populations of lesser prairie-chickens, and currently still has them listed as a game species. This is believed to be due primarily to the large intact sections of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres that have existed for many decades. Conversion of these CRP lands back into tilled agriculture, however, combined with other threats of habitat fragmentation from energy and development - threaten the vitality of this species here in Kansas as well.

Many partnerships and resources exist in Kansas to assist landowners in their responsibility for the fate of the lesser prairie-chicken. The most robust list of resources and contacts can be found at the Kansas State Research and Extension site.

For additional information contact:

Aron Flanders
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program
Quivira NWR
1434 NE 80th St.
Stafford, KS 67578

Jim Pitman,
Kansas Deptartment of Wildlife & Parks
POB 1525
Emporia, KS 66801
620.342.0658 x211,

Mark Witecha
Pheasants Forever, and Quail Forever
NRCS Field Office, PO Box 339
Ness City, KS 67560

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