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.
Douglas County Natural Areas and Historic Sites presentation from public forums (PDF).
For assistance in learning about how to create high-quality natural habitat on your land
Many landowners would like to manage their land to provide quality natural habitat but aren't sure how to get started. If you own a piece of land that may contain prairie or old forest, we invite you to contact our staff to survey your property and discover your options; please fill out our Landowner information form. Return it to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the address on the form. Alternatively, you may provide this information using our online webform.
If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Delisle, project coordinator at the Kansas Biological Survey.
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