Edwards Plateau -- Sycamore Canyon Ranch, Val Verde County
Ruthie B. Russell, Johnny Russell and sons McLean and William Russell, owners/operators
As a third-generation cattle woman, Ruthie Russell understands the needs of the range as well as those of livestock. Her goal is to protect, share and communicate the public benefits, such as the beautiful vistas, native wildlife habitats, clean air and water, provided by private lands stewardship. Located 60 miles north of Del Rio on the beautiful Devils River, the ranch supports the diverse vegetation and wildlife of three distinct biotic regions. Range management strategies such as deferred grazing, aggressive whitetail and Aoudad population control, prescribed burning, and riparian area protection and management provide habitat that supports a diversity of native wildlife. Nature tourism is a primary source of income for the ranch, providing outstanding opportunities for birding, fishing and kayaking. In 2011, Mrs. Russell protected the property with a perpetual conservation easement with the Texas Agricultural Land Trust.
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