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Katy Prairie Conservancy (Founding Partner)

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 – 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.

The people of Texas will benefit from the conservation of the Katy Prairie as will the wildlife that winter or reside on the Katy Prairie. In addition, the prairie’s natural ability to detain storm water offers significant flood protection benefits to downstream residents and businesses. The prairie also aids in recharging groundwater and improving water quality through the extensive wetlands found on the prairie.