Mission and Goals
Our vision for the future is simple: Save a piece of the prairie. Ensure healthy communities. Connect people with nature. Safeguard wildlife.
Since 1992, the Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) has been working to protect the prairie for people and wildlife while there is still time. We are a nationally accredited 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Houston, Texas, and a trusted leader in local land conservation. We are also the largest local land conservation organization, by acreage, in southeast Texas. Over 20,000 acres of the Katy Prairie are now protected. On the Katy Prairie in Harris and Waller Counties, KPC owns nearly 13,500 acres and protects over 4,200 acres through conservation agreements with private landowners. In addition, KPC is now working to protect coastal prairie in other Texas counties and recently placed a conservation agreement on a 5,332-acre ranch in Matagorda County.
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. The prairie offers important benefits to the region, including removing sediment and pollutants from nearby wetlands and water bodies, offering great recreational opportunities, and sequestering carbon. We also serve our community by keeping land in agriculture for local farmers and ranchers, restoring land to help hold back floodwaters, and providing one of the last strongholds for wildlife in the region. 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.
The Katy Prairie is threatened and once lost, it will never be replaced. The Katy Prairie Conservancy is working to protect what remains while there is still time.
You can help.
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 connect people with nature;
conduct and facilitate research that helps KPC achieve its mission; and,
collaborate with many different organizations and individuals to meet KPC's objectives.