Gift will help protect Kansas wetland habitats

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A foundation bearing the name of a businessman who helped establish the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve in central Kansas has donated $100,000 to the state chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

The organization said Thursday the $100,000 gift from the Charles Hulme (hyoom) Foundation will be used to protect and improve wetland habitats throughout Kansas, including Cheyenne Bottoms.

Nature Conservancy officials said the donation is directed to a $5 million capital campaign begun in 2011 to expand conservation efforts around the state.

The 41,000-acre Cheyenne Bottoms complex is considered one of North America’s most important inland marshes, drawing hundreds of thousands of waterfowl each year.

Hulme was a Great Bend businessman born in the 1890s. During the Depression, he helped the state acquire nearly 20,000 acres of the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve.

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