Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

Mapping Fish and Wildlife Across the West

Southern Great Plains

The Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) Managed by the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas


The Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) features a spatial model that designates and prioritizes areas for Lesser prairie-chicken (LEPC) conservation activities and industry development. It plays a dual role in that it encourages development activities to occur outside of high priority areas and monitors activities that occur in each of the categories. In many ways it is the spatial representation of the LEPC Range Wide Plan (RWP). The online tool is intended for conservation managers, industry, and the public to identify priority habitat, including connecting corridors that can be used in the early stages of development or conservation planning.


Accessible data includes:

  • Lesser Prairie Chicken Estimated Occupied Range
  • Focal Areas and Connectivity Zones
  • Lesser Prairie Chicken Crucial Habitat
  • Infrastructure Habitat Impacts
  • Landscape Summaries

Data Availability

Data is available for download from the Kansas NRP and the SGP CHAT the Kansas Biological Survey Metadata Catalog or as web services.


Michael Houts
GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist
Kansas Biological Survey