HOUSTON, November 20, 2015 – The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) invites you to “saddle up and help the Katy Prairie by preserving its rich history, protecting sensitive wetlands and streams and conserving more land for people and wildlife,” as part of #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1. Participation in this fundraiser will help the land trust provide access for Texans of all ages to this ecological wonder for years to come.
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed in the United States on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the highly touted shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
“Our #GivingTuseday campaign ties in with our year-end initiative called ‘Westward Ho!,’” says KPC Community Outreach Manager Christine Mansfield. “The wide open spaces of the Katy Prairie are just 30 miles west-northwest of downtown, though they seem a world apart. The prairie boasts the region’s largest working cattle ranch plus some of its finest wildlife habitat and farmland. In fact, KPC was named a Global Important Bird Area in 2013. We encourage people to make an investment in their environmental future by donating what they can on Dec. 1.”
The Katy Prairie Conservancy believes that all great cities need nature close at hand. The tallgrass prairie, with its intermittent wetlands and belts of trees along creeks and bayous, is one of our original landscapes and remains an essential ingredient of our region’s quality of life. KPC has permanently protected over 20,000 acres of the prairie so far – a beginning it hopes to double in the near future.
Donations from #GivingTuesday can go a long way in preserving this natural resource for generations to come. Funds will help the Katy Prairie Conservancy:
- Conserve additional land on the Katy Prairie for both people and wildlife
- Restore streams, wetlands and grasslands on KPC’s preserves
- Implement sustainable hunting, farming, and grazing practices
- Develop trails to improve recreational access.
To learn more about KPC’s #GivingTuesday campaign, please visit donatenow.networkforgood.org/westwardho or go on to the Conservancy’s website at katyprairie.org. Additionally, KPC presents several events on the prairie in December for all ages, which will educate and entertain.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all.