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Lesser Prairie-Chicken & Vertical Structures: NM Project

Texas Wildlife and Parks / Gary Kramer

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with hundreds of groups to restore and link back together the Lesser Prairie-Chicken's eastern New Mexico habitat. Crews are removing petroleum welljack pads and service roads, reseeding with native grasses, and removing other vertical objects like mesquite, trees and old windmills in effort to restore a habitat more friendly to the needs of the bird. These projects are discussed in this second of  a three-part series on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken and their aversion to vertical structures. It originally aired on High Plains Public Radio July 9, 2013