A living memorial of Kansas prairie will honor Dorothy G. Akin's memory for years to come, thanks to her husband's decision to place a conservation easement on 16 acres southeast of Lawrence.
Tom Akin, a rural farmer, in January agreed to give the easement to the Kansas Land Trust, a group dedicated to preserving open space and native plant species.
Mrs. Akin, who died in 1989, was a longtime member of the Meadowlark 4-H Club, Douglas County 4-H Foundation and the Kansas Wildflower Society.
The Kansas Land Trust announced the easement this week, three months after the documents were signed and filed with the county's register of deeds.
"It guarantees that it will always be prairie," said Joyce Wolf, the trust's executive director. "It will always be the lovely prairie that his wife always cherished."
The acreage is 1 1/2 miles south of the Wakarusa River, off Douglas County Road 1057.
The legal document will stay with the land for "perpetuity," preventing development of the land unless a government seizes the land for public purposes, she said. The trust will visit the prairie annually, to ensure its health, and monitor its land use to ensure it never changes.