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 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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