Scott Shannon Ranch

Scott Shannon RanchHill Country Conservancy is pleased to announce the donation of a conservation easement from Scott Shannon of Scott Shannon Ranch in Blanco County. This easement protects an area of land roughly the size of Austin’s Zilker Park within the Middle Trinity Aquifer recharge zone and Pedernales River watersheds.In Texas, we owe a lot to private landowners like Scott …

Kordzik-Sheppard Ranch

Kordzik-Sheppard RanchKordzik-Sheppard Ranch is 732 acres of quintessential Hill Country land located within a few short miles of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County. The Kordzik-Sheppard Ranch provides sweeping vistas stretching more than 10 miles into the surrounding area including the City of Fredericksburg and the Pedernales River valley. The Pedernales River provides approximately 23% of the water flowing into the Highland …

The Texas Hill Country Was Home to Freedmen

When the Civil War ended in 1865, formerly enslaved people suddenly found themselves freed. As part of the Confederacy, Texas was home to thousands of slaves before the war, who worked in town as domestic servants or as farm workers on plantations. When freedom came, many flocked into Austin, seeking help…

Four Winns Ranch

J ames Buchanan “Buck” Winn, Jr. was one of Texas’ most well-known regionalist artists of the mid 1900s. Also an accomplished sculptor, inventor, architect, professor, and pilot, Winn’s art can, to this day, be found in a multitude of cultural sites throughout Texas and beyond—most notably “The History of Ranching”, a record-setting 280-foot mural originally at the Pearl Brewery and …

Landowner Spotlight: Lynn Storm

The Texas Hill Country has long been a region plagued by human struggle. Early Native Americans and the European settlers that followed were continually challenged by the harsh, unpredictable conditions in this area, but the majestic beauty of these hills, trees, springs, and streams have always been an irresistible draw to the Hill Country.

Landowner Spotlight: Denton Ragland

The land has been in the family as a working ranch since 1869. It has been recognized a “Century Ranch” by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The stone house built in the early 1870s is a designated historic structure by the Texas Historical Commission.

In Memorium – Gay Dahlstrom

It seems that each year, we lose one of the heroes of Texas land conservation, and 2014 was no exception. In addition to the loss of R.B. Wilson of Flying Horseshoe Ranch, we were saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Mrs. Gay Ruby Dahlstrom.

A Conversation with Anne Brockenbrough

Frank Davis interviews Anne Brockenbrough on how she made her way to Texas, her dreams and aspirations, her love of horses, and her vision of Brockenbrough Ranch.