about the project
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|Functional Acre Uplift Goal:||
|Restoration Start Date:||
Summer/Early Fall 2020
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|Total Project Cost:||
approx. $22,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
The landowners at Shield Ranch are exceptional stewards and are thrilled to start implementing new techniques to support monarchs – exactly why they're enrolled in the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange.
Shield Ranch will implement a variety of habitat restoration and enhancement activities on several hundred acres of land over the next few years. Activities will include seeding of native wildflowers and grasses on small patches throughout the ranch, prescribed fire and invasive brush removal.
Milkweed is abundant here, so our restoration efforts will focus on enhancing the abundance and diversity of the monarch butterfly's desirable nectar plants.
The ranch is located near Austin, Texas and is frequently used as an outdoor education site - a wonderful opportunity to engage other landowners and conservationists in how to apply new restoration tools and approaches to improve outcomes for monarchs.
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.