Prior to protecting 1,949 acres in the Smoky Hills, the Walker Family conservation easement had faced considerable residential development pressure. The ranch holds significant historical value as ruts from the original Smoky Hill Trail and Butterflied Overland Stage Route still can be identified. Most importantly, the easement allows the family to protect the ranch for cattle grazing use. Glenn and Barbara Walker along with their family, have almost 4,500 total acres currently under conservation easement.