The Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy (KRTC) is converting former rail lines into non-motorized public trails and wildlife areas across Kansas. We are a grassroots, non-profit organization of local volunteers. The Landon Nature Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail represent KRTC’s most ambitious and successful developments, with now over 150 miles of trails nearly completed.
We are volunteers using donations and grants to convert these out-of-service rail corridors into non-motorized trails for public use. We are developing former Missouri Pacific Railroad lines. Known affectionately as the “Mo-Pac”, this line is over 125 years old and figured prominently in the development of Kansas. We are developing connections and partnerships wherever possible. The City of Topeka has leased the trail within their city limits and are developing it in stages as part of their extensive trail system. We are part of a nationwide system of rail trails comprising many thousands of miles in trails for public use.
We rely on membership annual dues, donations, and charitable grants to fund development and operations. Volunteers do much of the actual work and local contractors are hired in some instances. Materials, equipment, and services are many times donated or provided at a reduced rate in developing the trails. Each local area has a “division” of volunteers who work to plan and carry out projects in development and maintenance of trail in their area. As each division builds outward along the trail, the sections will connect into one trail. This method was borrowed from the volunteers who successfully developed the Wabash Trace Rail Trail in Iowa. This gives local communities a sense of connection.