May 2015 Newsletter

Notes From the Prairie


Conservation Celebration

Come enjoy the wildflowers, the amazing views and the company of like-minded folks who love the tallgrass prairie.  KLT Board Member Valerie Wright and her husband Simon Malo placed a conservation easement on their land to protect it in perpetuity.  The land is near the Konza Prairie, and expands conserved prairie in the Flint Hills.   So come celebrate with us and enjoy an evening out on the prairie.

Monday, May 18, 2015
6:30 pm
Located on 143 acres of native grassland
near Manhattan, Kansas

Click here for more details.
RSVP to kansas@tnc.org or call
Ruth Palmer at 785-233-4400


2015 Akin Prairie Walk

It's that wonderful time of year again when the prairie displays vast arrays of color and beauty.  Dr. Kelly Kindscher will lead our annual Akin Prairie Walk on Saturday, June 6th from 10am-Noon.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Jost at jjost@klt.org.  The Akin Prairie was the first prairie conserved by the Kansas Land Trust, and is located at 1850 North 1150 Road, Lawrence, KS 66044.  

 

Notes on Nature

The days are lengthening, gardens are flourishing, and the prairies are flowering.  Spring time in Kansas is exciting for humans and nature alike.  Make time to get out in the garden or out on the prairie to enjoy the temperate weather and brush off any remnants of winter.  Blue wild indigo, oxeye daisys, and prairie violets are just a few beauties to keep an eye out for when strolling through the tallgrass.  For more information on local conditions, visit Ken Lassman's Kaw Valley Almanac.  Happy Spring to everyone.

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

SENSES OF PLACE: Mt. Mitchell, Wabaunsee County

In the waning days of 2014, writer Beth Schultz brings us a trek to Mt. Mitchell, in Waubaunsee County, and a reminder of the beauty of spring.  Beth is a longstanding contributor to KLT’s newsletter through her column, Senses of Place.  Our many thanks to Beth for her passion for the wild places of Kansas and for her lasting friendship.

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Conservation Classic a Success!

KLT's third annual conservation classic disc golf tournament mingled conviviality, recreation, outdoor hikes, hunts for missing discs, good humor, and satisfying food on the Stueck conservation easement in Johnson County. Many thanks to the Stueck family, Charles Gabrielli, and our generous sponsors listed below.

Thanks to the Stueck Family Foundation in addition to the sponsors shown above.

Thanks to the Stueck Family Foundation in addition to the sponsors shown above.

Sign-Up is now open for the 3rd Annual Conservation Classic

That wonderful time of year is quickly approaching when the days cool and the leaves begin to turn.  Join us at the Thornfield Disc Golf Course in Stilwell, KS for an opportunity to play on this beautiful private course.  There will be prizes for the top 3 teams, in addition to hole prizes.  Stick around to enjoy complimentary BBQ from Oklahoma Joe's.  Advance registration can be completed by clicking here.

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Map of Thornfield Course

Map of Thornfield Course