Kansas Land Trust Notes

Another Prairie Preserved!

The Kansas Land Trust has preserved the second large acreage of prairie this year. Thanks to Darcy and Sheryl Kunze, a square section of tallgrass prairie will be forever conserved in Washington County. This will complete the fourth conservation easement completed with the Kunze family in the last two months.

Working together over the past three years with the Kunze family, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS)Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program; KLT has protected 2,392 acres of prairie in the northern Flint Hills. 

KLT wishes to especially thank Teal Edelen, manager with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, for her patience, support, and guidance to help leave this conservation legacy for future generations.

KLT also greatly appreciates the assistance and support of Lynn Thurlow, NRCS Soil Conservationist, over the past three years in completing these conservation easements. The USDA NRCS Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program provided matching funds with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the purchase of these conservation easements.

               Teal Edelen                                                                  Lynn Thurlow
                   NFWF                                                                           NRCS

The Kansas Land Trust is 25!! We’re celebrating with a May Day party on Juniper Hill Farms in the fertile Kaw Valley. All our members and friends, past and present, are invited to come together to feast and honor the tremendous tangible accomplishments of KLT’s first 25 years. Save the date to party with KLT and kick start the next 25 years! More details to come.

Please Help KLT Set Conservation Priorities

Please complete a brief survey in connection with a class project at the University of Kansas. This survey is designed to take 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be handled confidentially and will not be identified with you. This project is being done with the cooperation of the Kansas Land Trust, which has approved this survey. It is not a solicitation. We are interested in your opinions. You have no obligation to participate and may end your participation at any time. Participation in the survey indicates your willingness to take part in this study and that you are at least 18 years old. This survey will remain open until 11:59 Sunday evening.

Expanded Hiking Trails

The Lawrence Nature Park offers hiking trails and wildlife habitat in the midst of residential development. Two donated KLT conservation easements by Bob and Betty Lichtwardt along with Francis Kelly and Cheri Varvil contribute to the park. Currently the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department are planning to expand the hiking trails in the park. Pictured below are Pat Hennessey, supervisor with Parks and Recreation, Rod Croucher, city parks field supervisor, and Cody Janousek, teacher at Free State High School, exploring routes for new trails in park. KLT will be working with Cody to recruit volunteers to help clear new hiking trails on Saturday morning, February 27. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jerry Jost, jjost@klt.org.


Pat Hennessey, Rod Croucher, and Cody Janousek scouting out new hiking trails.

Pat Hennessey, Rod Croucher, and Cody Janousek scouting out new hiking trails.

Update on SB 425 Restricting Conservation

Senate Bill 425 transfers authority to regulate conservation easements to county commissions. This bill threatens landowner's rights to control and manage their private land. The Senate Natural Resources Committee heard beginning arguments this past week. Opponents to this legislation should have an opportunity to testify in March. Please check for updates with KLT's website and Facebook pages.

With preserving another Kunze property, KLT now holds 65 conservation easements preserving 31,895 acres. Thanks for your ongoing support of our work preserving some of the best places in Kansas!
Jerry Jost
Executive Director
Kansas Land Trust