Conservation group buys Kansas prairie chicken habitat

Lesser Prairie Chicken (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A conservation group has finalized the purchase of about 30,000 acres of lesser prairie chicken habitat in southwest Kansas.

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies said Monday in a news release that its acquisition of the Sunview Ranch in Hamilton County is a significant conservation development.

The ranch is located in a sand sagebrush area which covers portions of Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma that once contained the highest density of lesser prairie chickens in the country.

The group says the property is one of the largest remaining contiguous tracks of sand sagebrush prairie in the region.

Its spokesman, Bill Van Pelt, declined to disclose the purchase price.

Funding comes from voluntary contributions from “industry partners” enrolled in the lesser prairie chicken conservation plan.

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