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KLT & Fort Riley
Preserving Prairie Through Partnership
Over 11,000 acres of native prairie, forest, and working farmland surrounding Fort Riley are now protected forever from development, thanks to our partnership with the Army.
This land is protected via the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program (ACUB)—a federal program specifically designed to identify priority land around military installations. It allows military facilities to partner with other governmental entities and environmental organizations to share the substantial cost of acquiring conservation easements from willing landowners.
KLT offers the legal and technical assistance and guidance to make these complicated conservation transactions happen.
A Win-Win Situation
How the win-win-win situation breaks down:
- Through the ACUB program, Fort Riley provides funds to KLT so that we can buy the development rights on lands abutting Fort Riley
- KLT uses these funds to pay willing landowners for the purchase of their development rights
- Benefit #1: local ranchers and farmers participating in the program are able to preserve a treasured way of life and conserve their lands from urban development. Forever.
- Benefit #2: the military can sustain its mission of training and readiness without having to worry about development encroaching on the base’s borders.
- Benefit #3 : valuable open space and habitat is protected forever.
For more information on our partnership with the ACUB program? Contact Jerry Jost, Executive Director.