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May 13, 2021

San Pedro Ranch Receives Texas Leopold Conservation Award

AUSTIN – San Pedro Ranch, located near Carrizo Springs, will be awarded the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, and a $10,000 award, at the Lone Star Steward Virtual Awards Banquet on May 27. Anyone can join the livestreamed banquet and can find more information on how to tune in, along with information on other award winners, on the Lone Star Land Steward page of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website.

April 29, 2021

Lone Star Land Steward Ecoregion Award Winners, Virtual Banquet Date Announced

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is proud to reveal the 2021 Lone Star Land Steward Ecoregion Award winners. This year’s group of award winners represent a variety of conservation goals and accomplishments, all of which display excellence in natural resource management and stewardship.

May 17, 2019

Killam Duval County Ranch Receives Texas Leopold Conservation Award

AUSTIN, TX – Killam Duval County Ranch near Freer in South Texas is the recipient of the 2019 Texas Leopold Conservation Award.

April 23, 2019

Lone Star Land Steward Regional Award Winners Announced

AUSTIN – The ability to manage land in difficult times, through extended dry periods, floods, wildfires and economic downturns, is the hallmark of a good land steward. In spite of the challenges, many owners of rural land continue to safeguard the wildlife, fields, forests and waters of Texas, even though many urban residents may not know it.

May 18, 2018

Laborcitas Creek Ranch Receives 2018 Leopold Conservation Award® for Texas

AUSTIN – At a time when the great grasslands of South Texas face threats such as land ownership fragmentation and non-native invasive grasses, Laborcitas Creek Ranch shines as a beacon, bucking the trends by adding acreage under conservation and diligently restoring native habitat to benefit diverse wildlife, from game animals to waterfowl and more.

April 24, 2018

Lone Star Land Steward Regional Award Winners Announced

AUSTIN – As anyone with a plot of Texas dirt they can call their own will attest, land stewardship doesn’t just happen; it requires effort. Those who can keep their land productive in tough times as well as good are true conservation heroes.

May 19, 2017

Dixon Water Foundation Receives 2017 Leopold Conservation Award® for Texas

AUSTIN – The state’s top land conservation award typically goes to a private ranch, but this year the honoree is a North Texas-based nonprofit which manages not one, but six different ranches, all of them devoted to demonstrating how good land management using cattle grazing can lead to more and better water for people and wildlife.

April 27, 2017

Lone Star Land Stewards: Bringing Back the Best of Texas

AUSTIN – They restore vital woods and waters, help bring back diverse wildlife ranging from rare species to popular game animals, share their knowledge with neighbors, and open their gates to youth groups and researchers. They are recipients of the 2017 Lone Star Land Steward Awards, bestowed each year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the nonprofit Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

May 20, 2016

Blue Mountain Peak Ranch Named 2016 Leopold Conservation Award Winner

AUSTIN – When Richard Taylor and his late wife, Sally, moved to Texas in 2001 and bought land in the heart of Mason County, they knew their work was cut out. The land, which had been overgrazed and overworked for years, was in desperate need of restoration. Fifteen years later, the Taylors’ dedication to habitat and wildlife conservation has earned their Blue Mountain Peak Ranch recognition as the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award recipient for Texas.

April 20, 2016

Texas Landowners Earn Lone Star Land Steward Awards for Conservation Efforts

AUSTIN – Every year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, honors landowners from across the state with the Lone Star Land Steward Award for their contributions to natural resource conservation and management. This year, TPWD will honor seven winners from six ecologically diverse regions of the state as some of the best examples of sound habitat management.