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OACD, Access Midstream Partners Collaborate on Prairie Chicken Protection

Tue, 27 May 2014 11:47:36 CDT

OACD, Access Midstream Partners Collaborate on Prairie Chicken Protection
As part of their ongoing efforts to protect soil, water, air and wildlife habitats, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) today announced their partnership with Access Midstream to help protect the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) through landowner incentives tied to habitat improvement.

"We are excited to have Access Midstream as our partner in helping landowners address the challenges created by the loss of Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat," said Kim Farber, President of OACD. "Even though this species has been listed as threatened instead of endangered, we still need to do what we can to take it completely off the list. By providing incentives to help farmers and ranchers improve the habitat of this species hopefully we can help in this effort."

Under the proposed collaboration, Access Midstream will donate funds to OACD who will work with landowners to preserve Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat in western Oklahoma. The goal of the partnership is to mitigate habitat loss and aid in the recovery of the species.

"Access Midstream is pleased to partner with OACD to improve the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat in Oklahoma," said Jimmie Hammontree, manager of regulatory affairs at Access. "We appreciate the opportunity to partner with groups that share our vision of environmental responsibility and preservation."

According to Clay Pope, Executive Director of OACD, this partnership will help not only with the protection of the species, but will also help improve the bottom line of participating agriculture producers.

"It costs money to undertake much of the habitat work necessary to improve the habitat of the Lesser Prairie Chicken, so any help we can give farmers and ranchers willing to do this work is money well spent," Pope said. "If we can improve the habitat and possibly help delist this species someday, we should continue doing these types of projects. We also need to recognize the work that agriculture producers are doing and have done to protect this species through their management of the land. We are excited to have Access Midstream as a partner in this effort and we look forward to helping get this work done on the ground."



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