Get Out Here Houston is comprised of various outdoor, conservation, and parks departments in the Houston Gulf Coast region and I would like to profile one of our founding partners – Katy Prairie Conservancy.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization focused on preserving at least 50,000 contiguous acres on the prairie. KPC is making significant progress toward this goal, with nearly 18,000 acres now protected â€“ 13,000 acres through direct ownership and the remaining acreage through conservation easements, purchased rikkielopment rights, and public ownership.
The Katy Prairie was once part of a vast North American tallgrass prairie system that stretched from the Gulf Coast up through Canada. Before European settlement and the westward growth of Houston, the Katy Prairie encompassed between 500,000 and 750,000 acres, starting at what is now Loop 610 and going all the way west to the Brazos River. Only a fraction of that prairie remains intact today – much of it as farm and ranch land. Yet the prairie serves as the winter home to one of the densest concentrations of migratory waterfowl in North America. More than 300 species of birds, over 100 species of other wildlife, and approximately 300 species of wildflowers and grasses are found on the Katy Prairie.
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