Lone Star Land Steward High Plains Eco-Region, 2

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Wildlife Restoration Program

Cattle and wildlife live in harmony on the Seven Cross Ranch in the High Plains. Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist, Gene Miller.

The things that they’re doing with this land, as I like to say, loving it with cattle—or keeping it in a state that is very friendly to native wildlife—and native prairie species that occur here, especially these iconic species of the prairie like the prairie chickens. [LH Webb] We have the Parks and Wildlife out here every year, about the first of April, middle of April, to count the prairie chickens.

LH Webb, with his wife Nama, are owners/operators of this 11-thousand acre ranch in eastern Gray County, where cattle graze and endangered prairie chickens roam.

That’s a species that’s rapidly disappearing on the High Plains. Maybe Parks and Wildlife can learn something where it will bring these species back.

White-tailed and mule deer, bobwhite and scaled quail, Rio Grande turkeys and black-tailed prairie dogs also share the land with the cattle at Seven Cross Ranch, and have for generations of the Webb family.

This is where my granddad grew up, and my great granddad bought a hundred years ago and started putting it together. And his sweat is on this land, and then now my sweat and my kid’s sweat will be on this land. And that’s going to help hold the soil down.

Seven Cross Ranch is the Lone Star Land Steward Award winner for the High Plains Eco-region.

That’s our show… with support from the Wildlife Restoration Program…providing funding for the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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