Who We Are
Our vision for the future is simple: Save a piece of the prairie. Ensure healthy communities. Provide adventure. 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.
We serve 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.
However, the Katy Prairie is threatened. Once lost, it will never be replaced. And the loss of prairie lands threatens the well-being of both people and wildlife in the Houston region.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is working to protect what remains and must act while there is still time.
You can help.
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.
If you would like to know more about the Katy Prairie Conservancy's financial policies, practices, and position, please click on the GuideStar link for access to KPC's annual reports, audited financial statements, letters of determination, and other documents. GuideStar is a project of Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PRI), a nonprofit organization.