Mission: Katy prairie conservancy (kpc) is dedicated to protecting a sustainable portion of the katy prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and the enjoyment of all texans. Kpc conserves land, restores and enhances wildlife habitat through grassland and wetlands projects, and educates the public on the value and importance of prairies.
Programs: Land conservation - the katy prairie conservancy (kpc) protects land on the katy prairie in the following ways: acquisition of conservation lands at fair market value, acquisition of conservation lands through a bargain sale arrangement, receipt of donated conservation lands to kpc, receipt of donated trade lands to kpc, donation of conservation easements to kpc, and purchase of development rights on conservation lands on the katy prairie. Conservation lands are held in permanent trust and are maintained for the benefit of both the wildlife that inhabit the lands and the public who enjoy visiting kpc's preserves.
public policy and stewardship - kpc works with various governmental entities to track and monitor public policy that may affect kpc's lands, including major thoroughfare and road plans, flood control initiatives, and conservation easement tax incentives. Kpc also monitors its conservation easement lands on an annual basis to ensure that the goals and objectives of the legal agreement between kpc and the impacted landowner are followed and the land in question remains viable for its conservation values. Kpc is working to establish more vigorous baseline data on all its preserves and to tract changes over time through regular monitoring protocols. Land management and restoration - during 2004-2005, kpc's board of directors approved securing a majority ownership of the historic warren ranch, a working cattle ranch. The board determined that the continued operations of the warren ranch were part of kpc's mission to protect the unique scenic, historic and natural sites on the katy prairie. They noted that well-managed farmland shelters wildlife, supplies scenic open space, and helps filter impurities from our air and water and that these agricultural lands offer many other benefits as well: preservation of open space and natural resources; outdoor recreation, including bird watching, hiking, hunting, and nature tours; improved flood protection; economic development through eco-tourism; enhanced wildlife habitat; recharge zones for the area's aquifers; educational field trips for area youth, and research opportunities for colleges and universities in ecology and land management. The prairie also provides children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to visit a working ranch to ride a horse or tour a farm to see how food is produced - a distinctive outdoor experience.
preserve enhancement - kpc has developed general management plans for all its protected properties that ensure that the lands are not further degraded by invasive species (including chinese tallow, mccartney rose, feral hogs and other feral animals) and are maintained in their traditional uses. More detailed management plans are prepared for properties as kpc undertakes preserve enhancement and restoration activities, including the restoration and creation of wetlands and the enhancement and replanting of native grasslands.
Katy Prairie Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation meansKaty Prairie Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Katy Prairie Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about