Considering a move to ranch life in the great state of Texas? One way to experience the beauty and solitude of the Texas landscape is to visit a state park. Many are former ranch tracts themselves, according to the Texas State Library, dontated in the early 1900's when the state's parks department was in it's infancy. You can experience every type of landscape Texas has to offer; the Mountains of the Big Bend Ranch Park, the canyons of Palo Duro Canyon Park, and most recently, the presteen coast line of the Powderhorn Ranch. The Nature Conservancy boasts that "the Powderhorn Ranch is one of the largest remaining, undisturbed tracts of native coastal prairie habitats left in Texas." This land is the newest Texas ranch turned state park set to open to the public in 2018. Pam LeBlanc, of the Austin American Statesman, reported on the Texas Parks and Wildlife land aquisition and its value to Texas' cultural and ecological conservancy. Follow the link below for the full article. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/powderhorn-ranch-coastal-land-set-to-become-texas-/npsWp/
GPS is being used in ways I never even dreamed. My son has a GPS watch that, as he describes it, does just about everything (short of doing homework). As it turns out, the research being completed with GPS on wildlife has really skyrocketed as the technology has matured and become more ubiquitous. Matt Ross of QDMA, Quality Deer Management Association, has a great article about deer movement. Following is an excerpt:
Deer move most at dawn and dusk. End of story. Like taxes and death, you can count on two things when talking about mature bucks: they move most at dawn and dusk, and during the rut. Deer are crepuscular. It’s built into their DNA. It doesn’t matter what month of the year you are talking about, pretty much every study out there shows that the time of day bucks are most active is at sunrise and sunset. Can you kill a mature buck during the middle of the day? Sure. But if you want to hedge your bet, be in a stand during those magic hours. And the time of year they are most active is...? You guessed it, the breeding season. Keep these things in mind when trying to predict when that buck you’re after will be on his feet. Read More>>
The longleaf pine is making a comeback thanks to the Nature Conservancy and its work with state and private partners. For more information, read the LandThink article, “The Legacy of Longleaf Pine”, by Tee Clarkson.
Tierra Grande is now offering for sale the cover photos from their quarterly magazine.
These are some great example photos taken by Gary Maler (right photo) and JP Beato III (left photo). Click on the photos to be directed to Smugmug.com If you have never read Tierra Grande and you have an interest in land, real estate, the Texas economy, and anything remotely related to real estate, you owe it to yourself to pick up a subscription. It is well worth the money. Tierra Grande is published quarterly and has some really nice content. Here is the link to the website: