Katy Prairie Conservancy

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Katy Prairie Conservancy
PurposeConservation and Restoration
HeadquartersHouston, TX, United States
  • Katy, TX, United States
WebsiteKaty Prairie Conservancy

Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) was established in 1992 to conserve Katy Prairie, part of the Western Gulf coastal grasslands located in Texas, United States. Approximately 24,500 acres is under conservation easements or owned by KPC in western Harris and Waller Counties.[1]

Katy Prairie Conservancy Preserves[edit]

Nelson Farms Preserve[edit]

Nelson Farm

Today, Nelson Farms Preserve encompasses more than 1,700 acres, of which 200 acres still operates as a working rice farm to benefit wildlife dependent upon the agricultural wetlands present on the landscape. Cypress Creek flows through the preserve offering excellent habitat because of its perennial source of water and vegetative diversity. The unique combination of habitat types attracts significant numbers of waterfowl, waterbirds, migratory songbirds, raptor, beaver, white-tailed deer and other wildlife.

Warren Ranch[edit]

Warren Ranch

Warren Ranch is one of the largest remaining working cattle ranches on the prairie.

Williams Prairie Preserve[edit]

Williams Prairie Photographed by Michael Morton

Williams Prairie is a 10 acre remnant prairie full of little bluestem, brownseed Paspalum, and Indiangrass. Egrets and other herons can be found residing year-round in the depressions as long as they continue to hold water during the warmer months.

Other Conserved Land on the Katy Prairie[edit]

West Side Airport Wetlands Mitigation Area[edit]

In 1986 the City of Houston purchased 1,432 acres for a potential future airport on Morton Road near the western edge of the Katy Prairie.[2] During the expansion of the Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) the site was used as a wetlands mitigation area for migratory birds to the Katy Prairie.[3]

John Paul Landing Park[edit]

John Paul Landing Park is a 865-acre public park operated by Harris County, located on Katy-Hockley Road and Sharp Road on the Katy Prairie. The project has been in development for Precinct 3 since 2011 and includes 400-acre lake as well as an environmental education center. [4]

Paul D. Rushing Park[edit]

Paul D. Rushing Park is a 232-acre public park operated by Harris County, located at 9114 Katy Hockley Road on the Katy Prairie. this park includes a lake and wildlife viewing area. [5]

Katy Park[edit]

Katy Park system includes a series of two Harris County and one municipal parks located inside the City of Katy. These parks encompass about 200-acres and over 1,000 trees and 35-acres of lakes. [6] [7] [8]

Katy Prairie Operations[edit]

Farming and ranching[edit]

The Katy Prairie Conservancy supports the agricultural economy in three main ways: holding conservation easements on agricultural land, leasing land for rice growing operations, and managing the Warren Ranch. KPC owns and manages the Warren Ranch, in partnership with the Warren Family. The ranch’s pastureland is used to graze its own herd of cattle as well as those of other ranchers who lease from the ranch. KPC is rehabilitating the grasslands to sustain during drought and support numerous species and wildlife.


KPC’s lands, including the Warren Ranch, provide high-quality dove, deer, and quail habitat and offer opportunities for hunting by the public. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department currently leases the KPC property as part of the Annual Public Hunting Permit Program.


Community members enjoy hiking, birding, hunting, and many other activities on KPC’s lands. KPC’s unique native grasslands and migratory birds attract tourists such as birders and local visitors.


  1. ^ "KPC". Katyprairie.org. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ Berryhill, Michael (11 September 1997). "The Airport That Wouldn't Die". Houston Press. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Runway 8L-2R and Associated Near-term Master Plan Projects: Environmental Impact Statement. 3. US Department of Transportation. 2000. pp. 83–.
  4. ^ Brust, Amelia (24 June 2017). "John Paul's Landing expanding fishing opportunities in Katy". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Paul D. Rushing Park". Pct3.com. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Katy Park". Pct3.com. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Mary Jo Peckham Park". Pct3.com. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  8. ^ Knipp, Bethany (21 April 2017). "Katy approves detention pond near Katy Park". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

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