Promoting Prairie Protection and Conservation Easements
On three occasions in recent years, one or more members of the Kansas legislature have proposed legislation that would eliminate perpetual conservation easements—making them virtually useless as an instrument to protect native grasslands, wetlands and other natural landscapes or agricultural land use in recognition of public interests and the legacy of families who want stewardship to continue into the future. Senate Bill 425 promoted by Senator Larry Powell during the 2016 legislative session was the prototype for this assault on conservation easements. Audubon of Kansas has been a staunch supporter of conservation easements and has been a major force in opposing bills designed to cripple the Uniform Conservation Easement Act. Fortunately, all have failed to receivelegislative approval.