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Conservation Tools

There are many ways in which we can all work together to protect the lands that we cherish. The list below is but a few of the tools that we can use to protect and care for our exceptional Kansas lands. For more information on these and other conservation resources, email us at or call us at 785-749-3297.

Conservation Easements

A conservation easement is:

  • A tool for landowners to realize their long-term vision for their land;
  • A cost-effective way for conservation organizations to conserve lands with important conservation value while allowing a landowner to retain ownership and control of his or her land.
  • A voluntary partnership between a landowner and a conservation organization to protect and preserve land for the long term.
  • A legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that limits future development of the land to activities that are compatible with the land’s long-term conservation values, such as native grassland, streams, wetlands and prime agricultural lands.
  • Can provide a landowner with significant economic support through federal income tax benefits, and sometimes through direct cash payments to a landowner.

Landowners often donate conservation easements to KLT, and KLT offers some programs with funding to purchase conservation easements. KLT has over 24 years of experience in working with interested landowners to develop a conservation easement for their land that achieves the landowner’s vision and dream for permanent land protection. Learn more about conservation easements here. Visit this link more information on KLT’s conservation easement programs.

Land Stewardship

Like any valuable asset, land requires care and management to permanently preserve its important qualities. When KLT and a landowner agree to a conservation easement, it is the beginning of a long-term partnership. KLT and the landowner work together as stewards of the lands to be preserved. KLT can connect landowners with experts in land management at universities, state and federal agencies, or private firms, depending on the landowners’ needs and desires. KLT also monitors protected lands over time, as the land changes ownership, to assure that the conservation values of each unique property remain in place.

Land Restoration

When holding a conservation easement on private lands, KLT will provide landowners with information and expertise on restoring lands with threatened or real impacts to the conservation values of the land. Restoration efforts might include the control and removal of invasive species, tall grass prairie restoration, animal species identification and protection resources, native plant identification and restoration and other land restoration techniques. Such restoration efforts are significant to assuring that valuable native lands and creatures will have a permanent place in the Kansas landscape.

Donated Lands

For some landowners, the best method of guaranteeing that the land they love will be forever protected is to donate the land to a qualified organization, like KLT. Donations can include all or just a part of the landowner’s property. Most conservation organizations have standards which donated land must meet before the conservation organization is willing to accept donated land. For more information on donating land for conservation purposes, please call the KLT office at 785-749-3297.

Conservation Policy

KLT works with other conservation organizations in Kansas and nationally to encourage local, state and federal governments to adopt land use and management decisions that will assure responsible growth that is compatible with the protection of our State’s most valuable natural and historic resources and farm and ranch lands.