Why Conservation Matters

Nobody realizes that the [Flint Hills] are the only ones in the world, and whatever gets taken up, ruined, done away with, will never come back.
— Ken Muller, Flint Hills' landowner

Land is the bread and butter of life, especially here in Kansas.  Kansas is a natural wonderland featuring expansive beauty and rich biological diversity. The woodland thickets prevalent in the eastern part of the State, the undulating tall grass prairie of the Flint Hills and the short grass prairie and canyon lands of western Kansas all play an essential role in the health of our people and the wild creatures with whom we share our home. 

These lands are also vital to our State’s economic well-being, for we are, at our core, an agricultural people.  Kansas ranks first in the nation in wheat and sorghum production and boasts some of the best rangelands in the world.

Yet these cherished Kansas lands, the creatures that live here, and our Kansas culture and livelihood, are threatened.  Today, less than 4% of tall grass prairie remains.  We have lost more than half of our State’s wetlands since Kansas was settled.  More than 90% of the Kansas landscape is used for agricultural purposes, yet greater than half of farmers in America are over the age of 70, leading to a significant transfer of agricultural land in the next two decades.

We need your help to ensure that future generations of Kansas experience the beauty of Kansas that we enjoy today.  By joining KLT, you can have a direct impact on preserving Kansas lands and our quality of life — forever.  You can make a tangible, visible difference—now, and for years to come.

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