Gaining Ground

Kansas

215,156

Acres Protected

That’s about 162,997 football fields!

Land trusts have already conserved 61 million acres of private land across the nation — more than all of the national parks combined. Help us conserve another 60 million acres by the end of the decade.

Together, let’s keep Gaining Ground.

Demographics

Every land trust is as unique as the community it serves.

Kansas land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that benefit everyone.

Active Land Trusts

3

A land trust is a nonprofit that conserves land by acquiring and stewarding land or conservation easements.

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Alliance Member Land Trusts

3

Land Trust Alliance members commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.

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Accredited Land Trusts

2

Accredited land trusts undergo a thorough review of their practices in governance, finance, transactions and stewardship.

Learn about land trust accreditation

People

  • Members/financial supporters

    498

  • Volunteers

    34

  • Full-time staff

    2

  • Part-time staff

    4

  • Board members

    29

Land Trust Longevity

  • Oldest

    32 years old (1990)

  • Youngest

    19 years old (2003)

  • Median age

    26 years old

Percent of Land Trusts Who Increased Focus on Climate Change in the Last Five Years

100%

Percent of Land Trusts Receiving Funding to Address Climate Change

0%

Land Protected

There has been a 57% increase in land protected by Kansas land trusts since 2010.

Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Kansas lands, waters and ways of life.

2010
2015
2020
Total acres protected
136,919
146,036
215,156
+57%
Under easement
56,588
74,993
136,514
+141%
Owned
48,138
49,029
51,897
+8%
Acquired and reconveyed
15,419
15,534
16,346
+6%
Protected by other means
16,774
17,248
10,400
0%

Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.

Percent of Land Owned and Under Easement Held by an Accredited Land Trust

99%

Source: 2020 National Land Trust Census

Total Public Funding for Conservation From 1998-2017

$75 million

Source: Trust for Public Land's Conservation Almanac

Acres of Land Lost to Development From 2012-2017

21,200

Source: NRCS - Natural Resources Inventory

This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.

Making a Difference

Kansas land trusts are gaining ground.

Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Kansas' most pressing issues.

  • Saving family farms: The Ranchland of Kansas helped protect a 340-acre family farm in Shawnee County to keep it available for haying, grazing, seed production and other agricultural uses that do not destroy the native grasslands.

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  • Addressing community needs: The accredited Kansas Land Trust partners with Fort Riley’s Army Compatible Use Buffer Program to protect wildlife habitat and the military installation against conflicts with its neighbors, and to make sure wind turbines don’t interfere with radar.

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Land Trusts Working in Kansas

Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.