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Rust Ranch

Rust Ranch, owned by Kevin Rust, is located within the Post Oak Savannah ecoregion in Bastrop County.

Current Project Milestones:

Restoration plan complete

Monarch Yield:
1236

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:
Post Oak Savannah
County:
Bastrop
Property Land Use:
Ranch
Acres Enrolled:
36
Functional Acre Uplift Goal:
18
Project Status:
Investor-Ready
Restoration Start Date:
Spring 2018
Expected Year Goal Achieved:
2022
Total Project Cost:
approx. $8,500 for 2 years (ongoing maintenance not included)
Funding Status:
40%

At Rust Ranch, the predominant land cover is forested woodlands, which are leased for hunting. We are focusing our monarch restoration efforts on 36 acres of open pasture in an area that has a history of overgrazing.

Baseline habitat assessments using the Monarch Habitat Quantification Tool indicated a lack of milkweed abundance at the site. To improve habitat quality for monarchs, land management activities will include a combination of mowing, to reduce competition from grasses, and planting milkweeds.

The Exchange has contracted with a grower who has propagated milkweeds from locally harvested seeds. Using local ecotype seeds is important when planting milkweeds, since the plants evolved in similar environmental conditions and will therefore have a higher likelihood of successful establishment.

The plan is to plant milkweed plugs in the fall of 2018.

Kevin Rust tries to implement at least one project to improve the health of his land each year and the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange gives him the perfect opportunity to continue this practice. He is particularly excited about the benefits that this project will have on soil health and on the management of invasive vegetation.

 

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
31
Threats Score
100
Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
31
Functional Acres
11.21
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
28.86
Projected Uplift
Site Capacity Score
Projected Uplift Site Capacity Score
49
Threats Score
Projected Uplift Threats Score
0
Conservation Priority
Projected Uplift Conservation Priority
0
HQT Score
Projected Uplift HQT Score
49.00
Functional Acres
Projected Uplift Functional Acres
17.65

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