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The Katy Land Trust: What is it and why is it important?


Through private, voluntary land protection, the Katy Land Trust seeks to preserve the lands in and around the Katy Trail region. The Katy Land Trust works with local landowners to support their personal goals for their land, and seeks community support in preserving the cherished lands we love. Take a moment to read the highlights of our accomplishments in 2016 and learn more about this extraordinary region and how you can be part of the Katy Land Trust.

The Katy region is rich in resources, history, and proud traditions. Here are some of the highlights of why this area is so unique.


Katy Trail Cyclists In the early 1980s, Edward D. (Ted) Jones of Williamsburg, Missouri experienced a bike ride on a “rails-to trails” project in Wisconsin. Inspired, Ted thought that Missouri and Missourians would greatly benefit from a similar project. What is now the Katy Trail was at that time the abandoned KATY railroad, complete with rails and ties. Over the next several years, Ted and his wife Pat worked with local, state and national organizations — both corporate and governmental — to begin the creation of the Katy Trail. His personal generosity and perseverance ultimately resulted in the opening of the Trail at Rocheport in the spring of 1990.

Today, the 225-mile Katy Trail State Park gives all of us an opportunity to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of the Missouri countryside. The Trail currently stands as the longest rails-to-trails project in the United States.

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