Geary County

Moyer Ranch (2009-2013) 7123 acres

Taken together, these four contiguous easements are KLT's largest to date! This native tallgrass prairie ranch is located in the "Heart of the Flint Hills" just southwest of the Konza Prairie Preserve. In fact, this property was once the Simpson Ranch, named for the family of John Simpson and Sarah Dean, two of KLT's founding board members. KLT's work is truly coming full circle! KLT utilized our partnership with the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program in order to provide the landowners an alternative to wind farm development the would have negatively affected Fort Riley's radar system. The property features both prime grazing ranchland and prairie chicken habitat, which allowed KLT to draw upon Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) assistance.  Click on any thumbnail below to enlarge.  

Dibben 2 (2014) 116 acres

This easement protects highly productive Class I and II soils and water quality with 8,050 feet of riparian buffers along Clarks Creek. 

Strauss 1 (2009) 231 acres

The easement protects prime farmland and a small wooded area in the Kansas River Valley. This property will be protected forever for its agricultural and open space conservation values. Both easements were purchased with funding from the ACUB program. 

Smith (2009) 87 acres

The Smith easement protects 26 acres of native prairie and 32 acres of woodlands and riparian area along Dry Creek. Cropland on the easement features 44 acres of prime farmland soils with all the remaining soils being of state-wide importance. Two historical stone quarries showcase the geological features of area. This easement prohibits any residential buildings, enhancing the open space quality of this protect land.

Oldfather (1999) 60 acres

The Oldfather easement protects the highest point in Douglas County, a forested knoll overlooking Clinton Lake and the City of Lawrence. This property has agricultural, open space, and ecological values.

Bromorals (2012) 419 acres

This easement protects tallgrass prairie, cropland with Class I and II soils, oak-hickory woodlands, and 18 acres of riparian stream banks along McDowell Creek.

 

Potter (2015) 415 acres

This easement protects 415 acres of tallgrass prairie with scenic views of a prairie landscape in all directions. Lead plant, blue wild indigo, and white prairie indicate a quality prairie plant community.

Facklam (2014) 268 acres

This easement protects 210 acres of quality native prairie and 58 acres of oak woodlands. Lead plant, New Jersey Tea, and tall blazing star grow within this prairie indicating a quality prairie community.

Junghans (2010) 238 acres

Near Freedom Park just south of Fort Riley, this easement -- named in honor of Riney Junghans -- protects Flint Hills native tallgrass prairie, native oak-hickory woods, and cropland. This native prairie supports purple and white prairie clovers, silky asters, and New Jersey tea species which are indicators of high quality prairies. This easement was purchased with funding from the ACUB program. 

Strauss 2 (2010) 56 acres

This easement protects a riparian ribbon along the Kansas River. Two-thirds of the easement is woodlands and almost half of the acreage has prime farmland soils. 

Dibben (2007) 208 acres

The Dibben easement protects prime farmland in the Kansas River valley. This easement was purchased with funding from the Farm and Ranchlands Protection (FRPP) program, the Kansas State Conservation Commission, and the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program.

Kaw River (2012) 256 acres

This easement protects floodplain woodlands, sandbars, and 5,925 feet of riparian wildlife habitat along the Kansas River.

Germann (2016) 1474 acres

This easement protects 415 acres of tallgrass prairie with scenic views of a prairie landscape in all directions. Lead plant, blue wild indigo, and white prairie indicate a quality prairie plant community.