MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The potential listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as a threatened or endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on the minds of many landowners in Kansas and a cause of concern for land managers.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and K-State Research and Extension will host a webinar to address landowners’ concerns on April 30, 7 p.m. at 17 Kansas locations.
Speakers from KDWPT, Farm Services Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Agency will provide updated information. Topics to be discussed include
· background on the LPC listing and the state’s planning efforts,
· goals of the plan, and
· priority areas.
Detailed information on the conservation value of land and allocation of offset payments to landowners will be provided. Information on the state and federal plans specifically designed to improve habitat for LPC and what a proposed listing means to those enrolled in federal programs will be explained.
Webinars allow those with high speed internet to connect with the host site and view and listen to the speaker’s programs online. Participants will be able to ask questions and make comments. Because of anticipated demand, there will be 17 viewing sites of the webinar. The list of sites follows:
Clark County: Ashland Community Building, 800 Main, Ashland, Kan. 620-635-2811, Contact: Tanner Gillum, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finney County: Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. 9th St. Garden City, Kan. 620-272-3670, Contact: Barbara Addison, email@example.com
Ford County: Western State Bank Expo Center, 11333 Hwy 283, Dodge City, Kan. 620-227-4542, Contact: Andrea Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant County: Grant County Civic Center, Lawson Room, 1100 W. Patterson, Ulysses, Kan. 620-356-1721, Contact: Joe Leibbrandt, email@example.com
Gray County: 4-H Building, 17002 W. Hwy 50, Cimarron, Kan. 620-855-3821, Contact: Kurt Werth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton County, Fairgrounds, 806 South Main, Syracuse, Kan. 620-384-5225, Contact: Jeff Wilson, email@example.com
Hodgeman County, 4-H Building, S. Atkin Street, Jetmore, Kan. 620-357-8321, Contact: Dewayne Craghead. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiowa County, Kiowa County Commons Conference Room, 320 S. Main, Suite 110, Greensburg, Kan. 620-723-2156, Contact: Barrett Smith, email@example.com
Logan County, Courthouse Meeting Room, 710 W. 2nd, Oakley, Kan. 785-671-3245, Contact: Julie Niehage, firstname.lastname@example.org
Morton County, Morton County Extension Office, 625 Colorado, Elkhart, Kan. 620-697-2558, Contact: Tim Jones, email@example.com
Ness County, Ness County 4-H Building, 105 S. Pennsylvania, Ness City, Kan. 785-798-3921, Contact: Chris Long, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pratt County, KDWPT Office, 515 East 25th, Pratt, Kan. 620-672-5911, Contact: Mike Mitchener, email@example.com
Scott County, Williams Carpenter Building, East Fairground Road, Scott City, Kan. 620-872-2930, Contact: John Beckman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seward County, Seward County Activity Building, 810 Stadium Road, Liberal, Kan. 620-624-5604, Contact: Kylee Harrison, email@example.com
Sherman County, Sherman County 4-H Building, 417 Main Street, Goodland, Kan. 785-890-4880, Contact: Dana Belshe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stevens County, Memorial Hall, 200 E. 6th St., Stevens County Courthouse, Hugoton, Kan. 620-544-4359, Contact: Josh Morris, email@example.com
Trego County, Wakeeney Public Library, 610 Russell Avenue Wakeeney, Kan. 785-743-6361, Contact: Ashley Conness, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact your local Extension agent or Charlie Lee, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist, at email@example.com or 785-532-5734.