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Ranchers in western Kansas are working to help the threatened lesser prairie chicken.
Landowners Glen Mull and his daughter Amy Harter and land manager Tom Turner have been working with the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative through the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help make their graze lands in Edwards and Stafford County friendly to the bird.
Working with the NRCS, Mull, Harter and Turner have enrolled 3,000 acres into the program to help save the threatened bird's natural sagebrush habitat. Through the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, the three have been able to maintain graze lands for livestock while preserving the natural habitat for the lesser prairie chicken.
Over half of the lesser prairie chicken population is in western Kansas.