Agreement involving prairie chickens signed

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The State Land Office says an agreement signed last week will allow leaseholders to continue their business despite the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the agreement protects the grouse while ensuring responsible use of natural resources in southeastern New Mexico.

Under the deal, non-federal landowners and industries can apply conservation measures to the property that will benefit the prairie chicken and still allow for oil and gas production. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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