As land becomes available, KPC may purchase land outright from willing sellers.  This is subject to KPC securing funds, and often involve a landowner willing to sell at a reduced price in order to ensure the land is preserved forever.  KPC owns nearly 14,000 acres outright – an area larger than Hermann Park (500 acres), Memorial Park (1,500 acres), and Cullen Park (10,000 acres) combined. 

KPC may accept donations of real estate.  By donating all or part of a property, a donor may be able to reduce capital gains tax, receive an income tax deduction and possibly continue to use or live on the property.  KPC can accept two types of gifts: land that the donor would like permanently protected or “trade lands.”  KPC is not able to permanently protect all of the real estate that is offered to it, and the decision to accept land for permanent preservation is based on the conservation values of the property and characteristics (such as location and ecological diversity) that are in keeping with KPC’s mission. Trade lands are enduring gifts for conservation that may be used by KPC for its own purposes or may be sold so that the proceeds may be used to conserve other lands or support programs.