Elaine Edwards elainee@ksu.edu

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The potential listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) as a threatened or endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on the minds of many landowners in Kansas and a cause of concern for land managers.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and K-State Research and Extension will host a webinar to address landowners' concerns on April 30, 7 p.m. at 17 Kansas locations.

Speakers from KDWPT, Farm Services Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Agency will provide updated information. Topics to be discussed include background on the LPC listing and the state's planning efforts; goals of the plan; and priority areas.

Detailed information on the conservation value of land and allocation of offset payments to landowners will be provided. Information on the state and federal plans specifically designed to improve habitat for LPC and what a proposed listing means to those enrolled in federal programs will be explained.

Webinars allow those with high speed internet to connect with the host site and view and listen to the speaker's programs online. Participants will be able to ask questions and make comments. Because of anticipated demand, there will be 17 viewing sites of the webinar. The list of sites follows:

Clark County: Ashland Community Building, 800 Main, Ashland, Kan. 620-635-2811, Contact: Tanner Gillum, tgillum@ksu.edu

Finney County: Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. 9th St. Garden City, Kan. 620-272-3670, Contact: Barbara Addison, baddison@ksu.edu

Ford County: Western State Bank Expo Center, 11333 Hwy 283, Dodge City, Kan. 620-227-4542, Contact: Andrea Burns, aburns@ksu.edu

Grant County: Grant County Civic Center, Lawson Room, 1100 W. Patterson, Ulysses, Kan. 620-356-1721, Contact: Joe Leibbrandt, jleibbra@ksu.edu

Gray County: 4-H Building, 17002 W. Hwy 50, Cimarron, Kan. 620-855-3821, Contact: Kurt Werth, kwerth@ksu.edu

Hamilton County, Fairgrounds, 806 South Main, Syracuse, Kan. 620-384-5225, Contact: Jeff Wilson, jjwilson@ksu.edu

Hodgeman County, 4-H Building, S. Atkin Street, Jetmore, Kan. 620-357-8321, Contact: Dewayne Craghead. dcraghea@ksu.edu

Kiowa County, Kiowa County Commons Conference Room, 320 S. Main, Suite 110, Greensburg, Kan. 620-723-2156, Contact: Barrett Smith, basmith@ksu.edu

Logan County, Courthouse Meeting Room, 710 W. 2nd, Oakley, Kan. 785-671-3245, Contact: Julie Niehage, julienie@ksu.edu

Morton County, Morton County Extension Office, 625 Colorado, Elkhart, Kan. 620-697-2558, Contact: Tim Jones, tjones@ksu.edu

Ness County, Ness County 4-H Building, 105 S. Pennsylvania, Ness City, Kan. 785-798-3921, Contact: Chris Long, clong@ksu.edu

Pratt County, KDWPT Office, 515 East 25th, Pratt, Kan. 620-672-5911, Contact: Mike Mitchener, mike.mitchener@ksoutdoors.com

Scott County, Williams Carpenter Building, East Fairground Road, Scott City, Kan. 620-872-2930, Contact: John Beckman, jbeckman@ksu.edu

Seward County, Seward County Activity Building, 810 Stadium Road, Liberal, Kan. 620-624-5604, Contact: Kylee Harrison, kharrison@ksu.edu

Sherman County, Sherman County 4-H Building, 417 Main Street, Goodland, Kan. 785-890-4880, Contact: Dana Belshe, dbelshe@ksu.edu

Stevens County, Memorial Hall, 200 E. 6th St., Stevens County Courthouse, Hugoton, Kan. 620-544-4359, Contact: Josh Morris, jcmorris@ksu.edu

Trego County, Wakeeney Public Library, 610 Russell Avenue Wakeeney, Kan. 785-743-6361, Contact: Ashley Conness, acoker@ksu.edu

For more information please contact your local Extension agent or Charlie Lee, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist, at clee@ksu.edu or 785-532-5734.