Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas, announced May 20 that applications for participation in a national initiative designed to improve the lesser prairie chicken habitat will be accepted through June 25.


     Eric B. Banks, state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas, announced May 20 that applications for participation in a national initiative designed to improve the lesser prairie chicken habitat will be accepted through June 25. This initiative will also simultaneously promote the overall health of grazing lands and the long-term sustainability of Kansas ranching operations. Kansas has received a $750,000 allocation for this initiative.
    “Our intent,” said Banks, “is to target technical and financial assistance on expired CRP fields that are to be maintained in permanent cover and use them for grazing.”
    In addition, financial assistance is available to establish and maintain permanent vegetation benefitting the habitat on cropland and grazing lands in 34 targeted counties:  Barber, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Kiowa, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Pawnee, Rush, Pratt, Scott, Seward, Sherman, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, and Wichita.
    “Many of the expired CRP acres are large fields feasible to graze, but they lack fencing, water development, and grazing plans,” said Banks.
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