Notes from the Prairie: February 2015

Honoring a Family Legacy

Linda Evans always admired her father's, George, R. Evans, and grandfather's, 
G. R. Evans, enduring love of the land. When she inherited 860 acres of native tall grass prairie from them,  situated on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills, Linda dreamed of preserving this land and her family's ranching tradition. She just needed a way to make her dream economically feasible.  She had heard how land trusts work with landowners to preserve their land, and turned to the Kansas Land Trust for help. She knew that preserving the land meant giving up development rights, which could impact the value of the land. KLT's many generous supporters and two important partners were key to making Linda's dream come true. With grants from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, KLT was able to reimburse Linda for the development rights she was relinquishing. NRCS conservation programs are specifically designed to allow farm and ranch land to continue to be used for agricultural purposes, keeping these lands economically viable while preserving the land's conservation values. And NFWF's generous grant provided the matching funds needed to complete the conservation deal. In December 2014, KLT and Linda signed an agreement putting the land in trust for farming and ranching - forever. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our partners and supporters for assisting Linda in honoring a family legacy.  


Conservation Conversation

Representatives from a number of conservation organizations in Kansas met with Senator Jerry Moran on January 3 in Manhattan to discuss issues important to conservation and outdoor recreation in Kansas.  Much of the discussion focused on federal conservation initiatives that have been quite popular in Kansas, and the group's ideas on making those programs even more helpful to landowners and to promoting recreational activities in our state.  According to Chad Voigt, KLT's President who attended the meeting, Senator Moran was knowledgeable about the federal programs, listened attentively and was positively engaged in the dialogue.  Many thanks to Senator Moran for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the group, and for his support of conservation in Kansas.


Notes on Nature

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) courtesey of kswildlife.org

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) courtesey of kswildlife.org

February outdoor adventures in Kansas are typically not for the faint of heart.  The bitter north winds and gray skies keep many of us indoors in pursuit of more cozy activities.  However, there always seem to be those spells of great weather that must be enjoyed.  Many critters are beginning to mate, including red foxes, muskrats, bobcats, and many others.  The red fox can be seen around sunset and sunrise in the woodlands of Eastern Kansas.  The Lichtwardt Conservation Easement, part of the Lawrence Nature Park, provides just the habitat to spot this beautiful creature, and great hiking too.  Public access is allowed and encouraged, but please Leave No Trace.  For more information on this easement and others that allow access, visit our Places You Can Visit page.  Get outside and good luck making it through the bitter spells.

Thank you!

Ginny Moore

Executive Director
gmoore@klt.org
785-749-3297