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Shield Ranch

Shield Ranch is a 6,800-acre property devoted to responsible cattle ranching and wildlife conservation.

Current Project Milestones:

Habitat enhancement underway

Monarch Yield:
62559

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
State:
Texas
Ecoregion:
Edwards Plateau
County:
Travis
Property Land Use:
Ranch
Acres Enrolled:
1117
Functional Acre Uplift Goal:
315
Project Status:
Investor-Ready
Restoration Start Date:
Summer/Early Fall 2018
Expected Year Goal Achieved:
2022
Total Project Cost:
approx. $22,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
Funding Status:
55%

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.

Monarch Butterfly

Baseline
Site Capacity Score
52
Threats Score
100
Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
52
Functional Acres
579.11
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
893.70
Projected Uplift
Site Capacity Score
Projected Uplift Site Capacity Score
28
Threats Score
Projected Uplift Threats Score
0
Conservation Priority
Projected Uplift Conservation Priority
0
HQT Score
Projected Uplift HQT Score
28.00
Functional Acres
Projected Uplift Functional Acres
314.59

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