Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Minnesota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Minnesota Project

A spatially explicit examination of the relationship between grasslands, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollments, and Greater Prairie-chicken populations in Minnesota

September 2015 - June 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

We are evaluating landscape-scale relationships between greater prairie-chickens in an agricultural landscape in northwest Minnesota. Greater-prairie chickens are a species of special management concern, and how they relate to composition and juxtaposition of cover types in the agricultural landscape of northwestern Minnesota is not well documented. We are using existing survey data and land-use and land-cover data to help provide information to inform management, especially related to the Conservation Reserve Program.

Research Publications Publication Date
Adkins, K., C.L. Roy, D.E. Andersen, and R.G. Wright. 2019. Landscape-scale greater prairie-chicken—habitat relations and the Conservation Reserve Program. Journal of Wildlife Management 83:1415-1426. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21724. | Download July 2019
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Adkins, K.I.S. 2017. The relationship between grasslands, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollments, and greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus) populations in Minnesota. M.S. thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. December 2017