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Wagley Ranch

Sue and Jay Wagley have long worked to protect wildlife on their land. The monarch is next on their list.

Current Project Milestones:

Restoration plan complete

Monarch Yield:
46395

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:
Cross Timbers
County:
Palo Pinto
Property Land Use:
Ranch
Acres Enrolled:
1223
Functional Acre Uplift Goal:
663
Project Status:
Investor-Ready
Restoration Start Date:
Spring/Summer 2018
Expected Year Goal Achieved:
2022
Total Project Cost:
Approx. $20,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
Funding Status:
50%

At Wagley Ranch, near Mineral Wells, Texas, Sue and Jay Wagley have worked for almost two decades to conserve habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Now, they are working to conserve habitat for monarchs as well.

The ranch is used for cattle grazing, hunting, recreation and wildlife habitat preservation.

The Exchange is working with the Wagleys to enhance 1,200 acres of rangeland for the monarch. After discussing the benefits of prescribed burning with the landowners, the Exchange worked with the Wagleys to develop a monarch habitat enhancement plan focused on implementing prescribed burns, which will reduce competition from woody vegetation and non-native grasses, and stimulate the establishment of monarch-friendly wildflowers.

The plan is to divide this large area into several management units, which will allow enhancement efforts to occur over time such that the Wagleys can continue their cattle grazing operations with minimal disruption.  Combining prescribed fire with deferred and rotational grazing will enhance the quality of the landscape for monarch butterflies, wildlife, and cattle.

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
26
Threats Score
100
Conservation Priority
100
HQT Score
26
Functional Acres
315.90
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
978.68
Projected Uplift
Site Capacity Score
Projected Uplift Site Capacity Score
54
Threats Score
Projected Uplift Threats Score
0
Conservation Priority
Projected Uplift Conservation Priority
0
HQT Score
Projected Uplift HQT Score
54.00
Functional Acres
Projected Uplift Functional Acres
662.78

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