Sunflower Land Trust, Inc.

A unique Kansas land trust.


Family Legacy Program:

Landowners often desire to create a permanent family legacy to honor the strife and struggle their ancestors vested in creating their family estates. The legacy program becomes a way for families to permanently record their historical presence in a community. The creation of the site can be accomplished using a variety of real estate instruments that are tailored to meet the needs of the individual family. The following two exhibits are excellent examples of family legacies that were created to honor a family’s historical presence in a community.

Satterthwaite Wildlife Preserve:

This unique parcel of land borders Stewart Creek in Cowley County near the Town of Udall. The 80 acres was owned by the Satterthwaite family since 1906 and has remained in the family as crop and pasture land until 1999 when it was transferred to the Sunflower Land Trust to create a wildlife preserve.  Even after the dedication of the land for the Wildlife Conservancy the family still enjoys the proceeds from the establishment of the erodible cropland to the Conservation Reserve Program.  In addition, the Sunflower Land Trust worked with several governmental agencies to create a stream bank stabilization project on the property and allows local groups such as Big Brothers and Sisters to use the site for recreational purposes.



The Satterthwaite family continues to use the land for recreational purposes and will continue to do so for generations to come.

Fleming Conservancy:

In 2004, Mr. Raymond C. Fleming, and his wife Joanne, decided to  create a living legacy on the family's  1891 homestead.   They chose to work with the Sunflower Land Trust, Inc. to remove the development rights from the land and then proceeded to help create an agriculturally based open space oasis in a rapidly changing rural landscape.  Today, the land supports the agricultural aspects of the community.  It is being used to increase wildlife habitat, and is an asset to the neighboring landowners.

Amazingly this living legacy is host to forty acres of untilled, native grassland, two hundred plus acres of continual cropland, and another forty acres dedicated to a dual role of hayland production and improved wildlife habitat.  The property has now become a community treasure among the urbanizing landscape.






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