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Elm Ridge Ranch

Elm Ridge Ranch is located in the Blackland Prairie, which is a high priority region for monarch conservation.

Current Project Milestones:

Restoration plan complete

Monarch Yield:
2410

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 Region
State:
Texas
Ecoregion:
Blackland Prairie
County:
Travis
Property Land Use:
Ranch
Acres Enrolled:
82
Functional Acre Uplift Goal:
34
Project Status:
Investor-Ready
Restoration Start Date:
Spring 2018
Expected Year Goal Achieved:
2022
Total Project Cost:
approx. $16,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
Funding Status:
35%

Elm Ridge Ranch is located in the Blackland Prairie, which is a high priority region for monarch conservation as less than one percent of the native Texas prairie remains.

Exchange staff are working with the landowner to enhance habitat for monarchs by increasing milkweed abundance and wildflower diversity in a pasture that was previously used as a hay field. Because of its past land use history, the pasture has an abundance of non-native grasses. 

To improve habitat quality for monarch butterflies, we will implement mowing practices, to reduce competition from grasses, and plant milkweed plugs. In the future, we will explore with the landowner ways in which non-native grasses such as King Ranch bluestem can be replaced with native species such as little bluestem and indiangrass.

These habitat enhancement activities will greatly benefit monarch butterfly populations.

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
38
Threats Score
100
Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
38
Functional Acres
31.06
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
65.49
Projected Uplift
Site Capacity Score
Projected Uplift Site Capacity Score
42
Threats Score
Projected Uplift Threats Score
0
Conservation Priority
Projected Uplift Conservation Priority
0
HQT Score
Projected Uplift HQT Score
42.00
Functional Acres
Projected Uplift Functional Acres
34.43

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