LSLS Regional Winner for the Edwards Plateau, 1

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

(bird call under open) Thirty-nine years ago, the soil conservation technician told me I bought the worst piece of land in Blanco County.

J. David Bamberger and his wife Margaret have dedicated themselves to restoring ecological balance to their fifty-five hundred acre Blanco County ranch. The land, previously misused, was dry when they bought it.

We embarked on a five-year plan to do habitat restoration. In no time at all—in two and a half years—after we began, the first spring came to life.

The restoration process included the removal of cedar trees, and planting native grasses. Since the rebirth of the first spring, ten others have come back to life.

And, seven and a half years after we began, two creeks began to run. So, this is really a story of grass. And grass means water, and grass means healthy cattle, it means healthy hunting. It means a happier, healthier life for those of us who live here.

The Selah, Bamberger Ranch,http://www.bambergerranch.org/, is this year’s regional winner of the Lone Star land Steward (LSLS) Award for the Edwards Plateau.

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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