The Ranchland Trust of Kansas has a vision that drives our commitment and guides our initiatives as an organization. RTK believes:
While there are many important principles that guide our work, the Ranchland Trust of Kansas emphasizes the following values as core to our efforts:
Commitment to Conservation - RTK believes it is the responsibility of the current generation to preserve the openness and environmental health of the state’s working agricultural lands. We are committed, through voluntary initiatives, to preserving working agricultural landscapes for perpetuity.
Respect for private land ownership – We acknowledge the substantial economic, social and land stewardship contributions resulting from private land ownership in Kansas. In all that we do, KLA-RT will recognize, value and respect the private property rights that accompany private land ownership and refrain from using aggressive tactics for securing conservation easements.
Collaboration and Cooperation – RTK recognizes that collaboration and alliances enhance our ability to succeed and fulfill our mission. We will assist and cooperate with others and maintain, develop and enhance partnerships with individuals and private/public entities that share our vision and values.
Integrity – We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission in an ethical, honest and responsible manner. The organization is committed to adhering to the Standards and Practices of the Land Trust Alliance and will administer its affairs in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Organizational Excellence – RTK is a professional, effective and competent organization that is committed to excellence and accountability. We strive to earn and maintain respect and trust from our partners, financial supporters, conservation leaders, agricultural producers and all stakeholders.
The Ranchland Trust of Kansas is an affiliate of the Kansas Livestock Association. In 1894, cattlemen in Kansas discovered there was safety - and power - in numbers, and the Kansas Livestock Association was born. Now, over a century later, Kansas cattlemen still are banding together to protect their livelihood. The association continues to serve members by fulfilling its mission to: "Advance members' common business interests and enhance their ability to meet consumer demand."