Aerial view of vibrant green hills
Flint Hills Aerial of the Flint Hills in the Beaumont area, north and east of Wichita. © Jim Richardson

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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's Reaffirmation of Tallgrass Heartland Wind Moratorium

The Nature Conservancy released the following statement in response to the news that Kansas Governor Laura Kelly reaffirmed the Tallgrass Heartland wind moratorium region of the Flint Hills.

Rob Manes, Kansas director of The Nature Conservancy said "We applaud Governor Kelly's proclamation to continue the moratorium on the development of wind power infrastructure in the previously established Tallgrass Heartland region of the Flint Hills. This moratorium dates back to 2004 and has consistently received enthusiastic bipartisan support, demonstrating that Kansans can come together to protect our valuable shared natural resources.

Map of Kansas with portions colored in green to identify low-impact wind potential
Low-Impact Wind in Kansas The Site Wind Right study found there are more than 4.4 million acres of suitable land available for wind energy development in Kansas while avoiding important wildlife habitat. Click image to enlarge. © The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy actively supports the rapid deployment of low-impact renewable energy in Kansas and throughout the Great Plains. However, wind energy takes a lot of land and, if the projects are improperly sited, they threaten some of our most special places and the unique wildlife of the region.

Fortunately, robust wind energy and abundant wildlife do not need to be at odds. Our science shows we can meet and exceed ambitious renewable energy goals without developing the last large expanse of tallgrass prairie in the world."

Fortunately, robust wind energy and abundant wildlife do not need to be at odds.

Kansas State Director

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