THERE’S NOT MUCH WILDERNESS LEFT
Katy Prairie Preserve is still mostly wild and untouched by major roadways and development. The significance of the Katy Prairie as an exemplary natural landscape has been recognized nationally as well as regionally.
Katy Prairie Preserve protects nearly 20,000 acres of
coastal prairie, one of the world's most endangered ecosystems.
Just 40 miles west of Houston, bobcats and coyotes hide in the rippling tall grasses. Bald eagles soar overhead. Recently, the National Audubon Society designated the Katy Prairie Conservancy’s lands as a Global Important Bird Area. As bird habitat goes, that's as good as it gets. (Houston Chronicle Editorial, January 30, 2013). Other wildlife needs space too, and the Katy Prairie Preserve System provides it.
A PEOPLE PLACE
The prairie is a special getaway where people from all over can hike, bike, birdwatch, and hunt. Schoolchildren can catch bugs, wade through fields of wildflowers, and learn to hunt through Texas Parks and Wildlife’s youth hunting programs.
A PRAIRIE WITH BENEFITS
Katy Prairie Preserve's tall grasses sequester carbon, keeping it out of our atmosphere. Its wetlands soak up rain, improving water quality while preventing flooding downstream. Its large land mass – nearly 20,000 acres – reduces light pollution enabling people to see stars and constellations.
LOCAL FOOD SOURCE
Katy Prairie Preserve keeps farming and ranching close to where we need it. We have cattle, horses, and a variety of farm-fresh crops. Its fertile acres provide income for farmers and ranchers and vegetables to local food suppliers and restaurants.