The Helen and Howard Marr Story
Helen and Howard Marr both grew up on small
Over the years, both reflected very positively on their early life growing up on the farm, what it taught them, and their love of nature.Howard was a devoted hunter, fisherman, and a crack marksman who enjoyed his many outdoor adventures.After Howard's passing, Helen's strong commitment to her husband led her to find a way to honor his love of nature, while also creating a legacy. This avenue was through a bequest benefiting Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
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After Helen's passing in 2009, her substantial final estate was distributed per her wishes in 2010.She was a very giving woman.The Preserve was just one of many organizations that benefited from her generosity.That she found Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve a befitting repose to honor her husband for generations to come is humbling.It brings new meaning to the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that states, "To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Among Helen's earliest communications with Preserve staff she stated, "The best part of life is traveling through this lovely nation and seeing all the beautiful lands of the National Parks."
Did You Know?
Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.