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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


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 Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • 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  | 


  • 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.Download  | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236



Funding Agencies

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey