In 2003, the Kansas Livestock Association formed the Kansas Livestock Association Ranchland Trust. Renamed the Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) in 2008, RTK works in cooperative agreement with voluntary ranchers and conservation partners to create perpetual conservation easements. These partnerships help not only the environment, wildlife and ecosystems of Kansas but aid land stewards in achieving successful financial goals for their operations and family.
To date, RTK and its partners hold 20 conservation easements totaling over 14,000 acres conserved for agricultural use for future generations. Nearly double that amount awaits to be fully funded through the capacity development of RTK.
To preserve Kansas’ ranching heritage and open spaces for future generations through conservation of working landscapes.
RTK is one of over 430 accredited land trusts in America which protects 19,000,000 acres or 79% of all land and easements held by a land trust. Accreditation is a voluntary program administered by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission which holds land trusts to a standard of best practices and ethics.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair of the Board
Livestock Marketing Association
Vice Chair Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition
Community America Insurance
The Ranchland Trust of Kansas is an affiliate of the Kansas Livestock Association. In 1894, cattlemen in Kansas discovered there was safety – and power – in numbers, and the Kansas Livestock Association was born. Now, over a century later, Kansas cattlemen still are banding together to protect their livelihood. The association continues to serve members by fulfilling its mission to: “Advance members’ common business interests and enhance their ability to meet consumer demand.”