A publication of the Wildlife Diversity Program ♦ Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
rogram Works With Landowners to Conserve At-Risk Species
Oklahoma's High Plains have
changed dramatically since the first
days of homesteading. Many practices
have altered the native short-
grass and mixed-grass prairie
habitats. The introduction of
domestic livestock, conversion
of rangeland to cropland,
wildfire suppression and the
development of communities
have all contributed to the changing
With less prairie habitat in which
to live, populations of High Plains
species like the black-tailed prairie
dog, burrowing owl, swift fox, ferrugi
nous hawk, mountain plover, lesser
prairie chicken and long-billed curlew
have been declining.
It's an age-old story: mans' needs
and native species'
needs in conflict.
It can be difficult
to find a solution
that's both economically and
sound. That's the balance the
Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)
is attempting to create.
Natural Resources Section biologist Larry Wiemers is overseeing the
implementation of LIP, a new
Department of Wildlife landowner
"Private landowners are
the key to conserving
the prairies and species
of the High Plains/'
Department's New Landsca
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Many people enjoy watching wildlife from the comfort of their front porch,
backyard patio or window. Learning how to create the habitats that will attract
these critters is now easier than ever before.
The Department announces the release of its first full-length guide
book, "Landscaping for Wildlife: A Guide to the Southern Great
Plains." The book is available through the Wildlife Department's
Outdoor Store and at local and university bookstores. When you
purchase the book through the Wildlife Department, a portion of
the proceeds return to the Wildlife Diversity Program.
Beginners and experts alike will benefit from the detailed, easy-
to-follow guidelines for attracting wildlife. Oklahoma species
receive specific emphasis.
Written for the Department by Jeremy D. Garret, president
of NaTour Communications and former Department employee,
this 224-page book is the first of its kind to cover landscaping with wildlife in
mind for the southern Great Plains.
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conservation program. It is designed
to assist private landowners conserve
at-risk prairie species on their lands.
"More than 95 percent of
Oklahoma is privately owned,"
Wiemers said. "Private landowners
are the key to conserving the prairies
and species of the High Plains."
Landowners in the High Plains
prairie regions of western Oklahoma
may partner with the Department to
manage their lands for at-risk wildlife
species. By entering into an individualized, ten-year agreement, landowners may receive management materials, technical support and financial
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Rare Species Projects