As a nonprofit land trust, the Katy Prairie Conservancy works to protect greenspace for its conservation and recreational benefits, enhance wildlife habitat, restore tallgrass prairie and wetlands, sponsor scientific research, and offer public programming and activities to introduce the general and school-aged public to the sights and sounds of the prairie.
KPC Quick Facts
- Acres Protected: KPC has protected 20,000+ acres since 1992
- How We Protect Land: KPC protects land through purchase and through conservation easement agreements.
- Biodiversity Powerhouse: The Katy Prairie is home to 300+ species of resident and migratory birds, 110 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, and more than 600 species of grasses, wildflowers, trees, vines, and shrubs.
- How We Fund Our Work: Combination of funding that comes from foundations, organizations, corporations, individuals, and competitive federal grants.
Mission and goals:
The mission of the Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) is to protect a sustainable portion of the Katy Prairie for the benefit of its wildlife and all Texans forever.
Long-term goals are to:
protect between 30,000 - 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie;
provide access and programming to allow the public to enjoy the Katy Prairie;
manage protected land to preserve and enhance its natural resources;
restore and improve habitat for upland- and wetland-related species;
offer programs that educate participants on the importance of conserving the prairie;
conduct and facilitate research that helps KPC achieve its mission; and,
involve a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals to meet KPC's objectives.
KPC has already conserved 20,000 acres of the Katy Prairie, a once vast tallgrass prairie that is still home to hundreds of species of wildlife and native grasses and wildflowers. The prairie is also enormously productive, offering services to the region, including reducing downstream flooding, removing sediment and pollutants from nearby wetlands and water bodies, offering great recreational opportunities, and sequestering carbon. Yet, the prairie’s proximity to the fourth largest city and one of the fastest growing regions in the United States makes it an attractive site for residential and commercial development as well.