Oklahoma Lesser Prairie Chicken Data Sheets

In order to expedite the documentation process for best management practices (BMPs) the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has developed data collection sheets for various stages of the energy development process including pre-construction, drilling, completion, and well monitoring. These data sheets will streamline the documentation process and provide necessary paperwork for the ODWC to present to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This documentation will show that both the ODWC, by developing BMPs and data sheets, and the oil and gas industry, by filling out the data sheets and abiding by the BMPs, are working together to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LEPC) and its habitat. This kind of documentation is critical to the conservation of LEPC and to the ODWC retaining management authority over the bird. Attached to this document you will find a copy of our BMPs as well as copies of the data sheets. The BMPs in this document are consistent with the BMPs set forth in the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken. The BMPs along with additional data sheets can be found on the LEPC webpage here - http://wildlifedepartment.com/wildlifemgmt/lesser_chicken.htm. We appreciate your assistance in this matter and look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to wildlife issues, data sheets, or the BMP document, contact Rich Fuller at (405) 397-1599 or by email at rfuller@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us

1. Oklahoma_Lesser_Prairie_Chicken_Well_Completion_Checklist.pdf