Understanding our environment

Conservation resources for Douglas County landowners

Residents responding to a 2014 Douglas County survey expressed overwhelming support for conservation of natural resources and creation of parks and open space. As part of a project funded by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council the Kansas Biological Survey hosted a series of public forums to learn about specific priorities for conservation and open spaces. Feedback from these forums will help develop a vision for conservation of prairies and forests in Douglas County, with a focus on those that occur at or near historic sites. This site provides links to additional resources for private landowners.

To have staff from the Kansas Biological Survey visit your native prairie or woodland please complete the Landowner information form or use our online webform.  You also may e-mail Jennifer Delisle, project coordinator at the Kansas Biological Survey.

Douglas County Natural Areas and Historic Sites presentation from public forums (PDF).

General resources for landowners:
Monarch Watch free milkweed for restoration project
Native prairie hay meadows: A landowner's management guide

Cost-share programs for landowners:
Ducks Unlimited Partners on Private Lands program
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Habitat First Program
Kansas Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) cost share program
Kansas Forest Service "Trees for Clean Water" Regional Conservation Partnership Program (and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, EQIP)

Nonprofit conservation organizations:
Friends of the KAW
Grassland Heritage Foundation
Jayhawk Audubon Society
Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams
Kansas Land Trust
Kansas Native Plant Society
The Nature Conservancy Kansas

State and county agencies:
Douglas County Conservation District
Kansas Biological Survey



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