Conservation Easement at Cassoday Gifted to KLA-RT
On December 20, 2007, Jim and Cathy Hoy of Emporia assigned the Kansas Livestock Association Ranchland Trust (KLA-RT) its first conservation easement. The conservation gift includes approximately 650 acres of Flint Hills grasslands near Cassody, Kansas.
"Cathy and I had been thinking about easements for some time as a means of giving our grandchildren and their grandchildren, the gift of a tallgrass prairie landscape similar to the one my great-grandparents settled on back in the 1870s," said Jim. " We chose KLA-RT because, while all the easement agencies are concerned with preserving the tallgrass prairie environment, KLA-RT is especially tailored to encourage the continuation of traditional ranching."
The Hoys continue to own the land, control access, and graze the property as they have for several generations. The conservation easement prohibits development and stipulates the property will remain as grassland for future generations to enjoy and utilize.
"We deeply appreciate this gift and are honored that Jim and Cathy have entrusted the KLA Ranchland Trust with this conservation pledge," said David Webb, KLA-RT's board chairman. "We are also thankful to The Nature Conservancy of Kansas staff for mentoring and supporting KLA-RT on this project."
Story courtesy of: KLA Ranchland Trust, Winter 2008 KLA Ranchland Newsletter