Coastal Prairie Conservancy Secures Key Conservation Easement to Protect the Katy Prairie
Source: Coastal Prairie Conservancy

Coastal Prairie Conservancy Secures Key Conservation Easement to Protect the Katy Prairie

June 10 2024

In Waller County, a significant conservation effort has reached another milestone for the historic Katy Prairie. The Coastal Prairie Conservancy has successfully completed a crucial conservation easement project, adding another significant parcel to the growing Katy Prairie Preserve, a large-scale initiative to protect, preserve and restore one of North America's most threatened ecosystems.

The newly conserved property is strategically nestled amongst already protected lands, and will now be incorporated into the broader Katy Prairie Preserve, pushing its land protection to nearly 19,000 acres. Yet this accomplishment is just one facet of the ambitious and noble mission of the Coastal Prairie Conservancy.

Formed in 1992, the organization, originally known as the Katy Prairie Conservancy, has been striving to ensure a resilient Texas by preserving coastal prairies, wetlands, farms, and ranches for the benefit of people and wildlife forever. As a nationally accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the conservancy is a trusted leader in local land protection, and one of the largest local land conservation organizations by acreage in southeast Texas.

The conservancy owns over 13,500 acres on the historic Katy Prairie and protects an additional 5,000 acres through private conservation agreements. Furthermore, it also oversees the conservation of more than 11,500 acres in other Texas counties, highlighting the organization's expansive commitment to safeguarding our wild spaces and natural heritage.

Properties currently protected by the Coastal Prairie Conservancy. (Source: CPC)

In the face of rapid urbanization and suburban sprawl, where prairies have been relentlessly converted into strip malls, offices, parking lots, and proliferating suburbs, the Coastal Prairie Conservancy has remained steadfastly dedicated to protecting coastal prairie. Their work is a response to the reality that has seen thousands of acres of coastal prairie, one of the most important and threatened ecosystems in North America, disappear.

But it's not just about land protection. The conservancy is actively improving habitats for upland and wetland species, collaborating with other organizations and individuals, and conducting and facilitating research to achieve its mission.

One of the most important components of the conservancy's work is its commitment to connect people with nature. Through public access, educational programming, and outreach, the conservancy provides opportunities for communities to engage with the wide-open spaces of the prairie, fostering an intimate bond with nature and reinforcing the importance of conservation.

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The recent conservation easement project in Waller County marks an additional step towards the vision of sustaining resilient communities, connecting people with nature, and safeguarding wildlife — a vision that remains vital as the Coastal Prairie Conservancy endeavors to save not just a piece, but vast expanses of the prairie. To learn more about the Coastal Prairie Conservancy, visit

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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