about the project
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Approx. $20,000 for 2 years (maintenance not included)
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.