David Wolfe of the Environmental Defense Fund will present "Next Generation Mitigation: Development of a Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Exchange."
The lesser prairie chicken has been in decline throughout most of its range for decades due to the usual panoply of threats: habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation. In recent years, the primary source of these threats can be attributed to energy development (in the form of oil, gas and wind) and transmission. Wolfe will discuss the Environmental Defense Fund's work, with a wide variety of stakeholders, to substantially engage energy industries and other development interests in pro-active conservation measures benefiting the prairie chicken through the development and implementation of a Lesser Prairie Chicken Habitat Exchange. The Exchange is next generation mitigation: It will provide a transparent, structured, consistent and efficient approach to voluntary (and, if necessary, compliance) mitigation at a landscape scale.