A 261-acre property in Clay County that houses threatened bird populations and historic structures dating back to pioneer days is the latest piece of land to be preserved through the Kansas Land Trust.
Near Milford Lake and along Timber Creek, the Mohler Easement has limestone buildings that date back to the 1860s. Among the structures are a spring house, the original homestead and a old milk barn that is now the family’s residence.
The land, which is a mix of native tallgrass prairie, replanted prairie, oak-hickory woods, a wetland and riparian woods, also is home to threatened populations of Henslow’s Sparrows and Prairie Mole Crickets.
“It preserves a piece of Kansas history,” said Ginny Moore with the Kansas Land Trust.
Because of its proximity to Fort Riley, the easement was partially funded through Department of Army’s Compatible Use Buffer Program, which provides funding for land surrounding military installations.
“It is in area that would see in the not too distance future some threat of development,” Moore said.
On Oct. 22, the Kansas Land Trust will hold a dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Mohler property, which will include a guiding walk of the property. Members of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Kansas Preservation Alliance are expected to attend.
Directions and a detailed map to the property can be found online.
The Mohler property is the Kansas Land Trust’s 45th easement. The nonprofit organization works to protect and preserve Kansas land that has ecological, agricultural, historic, scenic and recreational significance.