An anonymous gift increases Emporia State's natural areas system by 180 acres.
The gift includes the 52-acre Neva Marsh West of Cottonwood Falls and the 128-acre Dunlap Bottoms Tract in southeastern Morris County. The land will be used by the school's Biology department.
The family of the donor owned the land for many years according to the school.
The land is protected under the Federal Wetlands Reserve Program and will remain perpetually preserved in its natural wetland state.
The donor says the potential for the land has gone up ten-fold by the educational use of it.