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Yellow prairie sunflowers rise about vast green prairie with blue sky
Konza Prairie Wildflower bloom over tallgrass prairie as far as the eye can see at Konza Prairie Biological Station. © Joanna Gilkeson/USFWS

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Dr. Debra Bolton Joins The Nature Conservancy's Kansas Board of Trustees

The Nature Conservancy’s Kansas Board of Trustees announces the addition of Dr. Debra Bolton to the board. Dr. Bolton, a human scientist and geographer, serves as director of Intercultural Learning and Academic Success in Kansas State University’s Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs. She also serves in a faculty capacity in the Geography and Geospatial Sciences department.

My love of the land and its flora and fauna stands as a long tradition of my family and ancestors of Indigenous/Native traditions.

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Her continued research focuses on health, well-being, environmental/social connectedness, and belonging in underrepresented, historically excluded, and displaced populations in Kansas and in Indigenous populations in the United States. A former commissioner for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Bolton applies her research and life experiences to her work goals and to her interests in environmental stewardship.

“My birthplace is the beautiful mountains of Colorado, so my love of the land and its flora and fauna stands as a long tradition of my family and ancestors of Indigenous/Native traditions,” explains Bolton.

Dr. Bolton’s combination of traditional knowledge and scholarly research adds a unique asset to TNC’s board and work in Kansas. She will serve on the governance and land protection and stewardship committees.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.  TNC’s relationship with K-State dates back to 1971, when TNC established the Konza Prairie Biological Station under a management agreement with K-State’s division of biology in 1971. Konza is TNC’s northernmost nature preserve in the Flint Hills, and K-State continues to utilize Konza as a site for long-term ecological research. TNC has permanently protected 190,000 acres and 600 miles of freshwater streams in Kansas.

View the complete list of trustees at nature.org/contactkansas.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.