oak (Quercus havardii), soapberry trees (Sapindus sp.
Among specific topics are the legal status of the lesser prairie-chicken, genetic variation and population structure in prairie grouse and implications for the conservation of lesser prairie-chicken, public and private land conservation dichotomy, grasslands of western Kansas north of the Arkansas River, and ecology and conservation in Sand Shinnery
Following the Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to list the dune sagebrush lizard in December 2010, the state governments of Texas and New Mexico, private landowners, and oil and gas companies developed an unprecedented 650,000-acre conservation plan to preserve the shinnery
oak dune habitat of the lizard.
Natural vegetation was characterized by a community of sand shinnery
oak (Quercus havardii) or sand sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia; Dhillion et al.
Caption: The dunes sagebrush lizard is a rare species found only in shinnery
oak dune habitat in southeastern New Mexico and adjacent Texas.
The lizard lives in the shinnery
oak, and the Fish and Wildlife Service has said that drilling threatens the lizard's habitat, as does the removal of oak for grazing.
In general, white oak acorns are a favorite everywhere, shinnery
or live oak farther south, with red oaks a close second, followed by pin, black and shingle.
Ballinger and McKinney (1968) reported four patternless morphs of 17 individuals in a population of marbled whiptails in the southern end of the Mescalero-Monahans Shinnery
Sands Ecosystem in Crane County, Texas.
The lizard's native habitat is in eastern New Mexico and West Texas, and the federal agency says that habitat is threatened by ongoing oil and gas drilling and the removal of shinnery
oaks for cattle grazing.
Lesser prairie chickens require habitats with sandy soils that support shinnery
oak (Quercus harvardii)bluestem (Andropogon sp.
Rough rocky areas are common throughout the Plateau and usually support tall or mid-grass understory and a brush overstory of Plateau live oak (Quercus fusiformis), shinnery
oak (Quercus havardii), Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei) and mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa).
Native short- and midgrasses once dominated the area, but have been partially replaced by sand shinnery
oak (Quercus havardii).