In 1946, the state of Texas established the Edwards Plateau Soil Conservation District, which was composed of all of Sutton and part of Edwards County, and was operated by five ranchers. The committee indemnified problems, outlined possible solutions, and requested assistance from state and federal agencies.
Soil & Wildlife Conservation
The movement toward protecting and reinvigorating the natural landscape was paralleled by efforts to reintroduce wildlife. In 1938, ranchers formed the Edwards Plateau Game and Wildlife Management Association. This organization, like the Soil Conservation District, sponsored educational programs to promote game conservation and worked to secure legislation that encouraged efforts at restoring the regions ecological balance. By 1950, with a deer population estimated at seventeen per square mile, hunting was reintroduced. Since then, the deer population has continued to grow, and hunting has become a major source of income in the area.
Excerpted from “The Handbook of Texas Online.”
Botanical Survey of Canyon Ranch
At the invitation of the landowner Dennis Bearden, a brief biological survey of the Canyon Ranch was undertaken in May 2006 by staff of The Nature Conservancy of Texas. Participants included Lee Elliott, Senior Ecologist/Metrics Coordinator; Gary Amaon, Edwards Plateau Eco-regional Manager; and William Carr; they received considerable assistance from ranch staff. Field work was conducted on the afternoon and early evening of 15 May 2006 and on the morning and early afternoon of 16 May 2006. During those fourteen hours, representatives of major habitat types were examined, and plant and animal lists were compiled. About 181 plant species were encountered, none of them of particular conservation interest.