Thursday, Oct 16, 2008
The Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently closed on a nearly 2,000-acre conservation easement bordering Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, located in the Flint Hills of Chase County, Kansas.
In addition to the ongoing and significant investment of funding and resources through a special partnership with the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy is working to establish a roothold for prairie conservation throughout Kansas. The goal is to ensure the long-term survival of all viable native species and community types.
âThis easement is especially important as it borders nearly three miles of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Securing this easement adds a buffer of protection for the park,â said Brian Obermeyer, director of TNCâs Flint Hills initiative.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a new model of public/private partnership for the stewardship of resources and for providing opportunities for public enjoyment. Established by the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Act of 1996, the NPS owns 32 acres â the remaining 10,862 acres are privately owned by The Nature Conservancy, which purchased the land in 2005. The Nature Conservancy also serves as the cooperative manager (with the National Park Service) of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
The partner organizations â The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Kansas Park Trust â are dedicated to preserving and enhancing a nationally significant remnant of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem and the processes that sustain it; to preserving and interpreting the cultural resources of the preserve and the heritage associated with the former ranch property; and to offering opportunities for education, inspiration and enjoyment through public access to its geological, ecological, scenic and historical features.
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