The urgent need to conserve land in the Greater Houston area is real.
Houston is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic cities in the United States and the population in this area is projected to double between now and 2040. Where this growth is slated to occur threatens one the most important ecosystems in North America: the Katy Prairie.
Once lost, the Katy Prairie will never be replaced. And the loss of prairie lands – not just the Katy Prairie, but coastal prairie more broadly – threatens the well-being of both people and wildlife in the Houston region.
An important piece of the puzzle
Originally consisting of nearly 750,000 acres of a pristine prairie, stretching from where Loop 610 sits now all the way to the Brazos River, the Katy Prairie today has less than 200,000 acres that remain undeveloped. The Katy Prairie is an important piece of the much larger Coastal Prairie, which was a vast expanse of tall grasses stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to Canada but which has been reduced to a small fraction of its original size.
Our time is now to protect what remains of the prairie.
Why Conserve Land?
Protecting Prairie for People and Wildlife
KPC has distinguished itself as a leader in local land protection and now protects more than 20,000 acres in Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend counties, making KPC the largest private land trust, by acreage, in southeast Texas. These lands are located in the middle of the Central Flyway and boast more than 300 resident and migratory bird species; 110 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; 600 species of wildflowers and grasses, and thousands of terrestrial insects and aquatic invertebrate species. The Katy Prairie has been designated a Global Important Bird Area by National Audubon – one of only 17 sites in Texas – due in large part to the incredible habitat available to upland species in decline on the prairie.
The Katy Prairie Preserve serves our community by keeping land in agriculture for local farmers and ranchers, affording a place for families to have nature-based adventures, and providing one of the last strongholds for wildlife in the region. KPC’s innovative approach to land protection and its ground-breaking community-based conservation programs have earned it local, statewide, and national awards. KPC is seen as a conservation leader with statewide influence and is committed to protecting prairie for people and wildlife.