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Winters-Wall Ranch

Six generations of the Winters Family have loved and cared for this land, raising livestock like cattle, sheep, goats and horses.

Current Project Milestones:

Restoration plan complete

Monarch Yield:
14495

The number of monarch butterflies added to the overwintering population from this project.

investor-ready

EST Completion:
2022

about the project

Exchange Region:
South Central
State:
Texas
Ecoregion:
Edwards Plateau
County:
McCulloch
Property Land Use:
Ranch
Acres Enrolled:
484
Functional Acre Uplift Goal:
208
Project Status:
Investor-Ready
Restoration Start Date:
Fall 2018
Expected Year Goal Achieved:
2022
Total Project Cost:
approx. $16,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
Funding Status:
25%

The Winters-Wall Ranch is located about 4 miles southwest of the city of Brady, Texas.

Run by Amy and George Greer, the property is currently an active cattle ranch and is also leased for hunting. The Greers are excited to help the monarchs, which they see fewer and fewer of each year.

The Greers will focus habitat enhancement efforts on a 480-acre area of the ranch. Land management activities will include prescribed fire, native wildflower seed plantings, and adjusted cattle grazing to enhance the abundance and diversity of desirable nectar plants for monarchs.

A key goal of the project is to create a more diverse and vibrant ecosystem for monarchs and other wildlife.

“George and I both understand how important ecological diversity is for all the plants, animals, insects and birds that live here on the ranch aside from us and our cattle,” Amy said. “We also understand the importance of pollinators to the larger food system, so anything we can do to improve habitat for bees and butterflies is important to us.”

Scoring Habitat Attributes

The HQT tracks a number of habitat attributes that are important to the species. Over time, restoration actons will improve these attributes and benefit our target species. We track progess against our projections below.

Monarch Butterfly

Baseline
Site Capacity Score
37
Threats Score
100
Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
37
Functional Acres
179.83
Projected
Site Capacity Score
Projected Site Capacity Score
80
Threats Score
Projected Threat Score
100
Conservation Priority
Projected Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
Projected HQT Score
80.00
Functional Acres
Projected Functional Acres
386.90
Projected Uplift
Site Capacity Score
Projected Uplift Site Capacity Score
43
Threats Score
Projected Uplift Threats Score
0
Conservation Priority
Projected Uplift Conservation Priority
0
HQT Score
Projected Uplift HQT Score
43.00
Functional Acres
Projected Uplift Functional Acres
207.70

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