SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Section Society for Range Management will be hosting a summer ranch tour of the Dry Creek Ranch on July 9. The Dry Creek Ranch was presented the 2020 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award by the society and other land-management-related organizations.
The event is free, but preregistration is required by July 7 at http://bit.ly/DryCreekRanchTour. Dry Creek Ranch is located at 3500 Dry Creek Road in San Angelo.
Attendees should meet at 9 a.m. at the gate entrance on County Road 411. Greeters will direct participants to Dry Creek headquarters. After the tour, around noon, a free lunch will be served.
“We hope people enjoy being out on rangeland as we tour the ranch in the much-loved rugged and pastoral terrain of the Edwards Plateau ecoregion of Texas,” said Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist, San Angelo. “Attendees will explore pastures where ongoing practices of prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical management have impacted and improved the landscape for diverse livestock and wildlife species.”
History of partnership with AgriLife Extension
Dry Creek Ranch has been sharing its land and legacy of stewardship for nearly half a century with AgriLife Extension. The last tour of this scope at the ranch was held in 1973.
Treadwell said this tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch generational stewardship leave a lasting signature on West Texas rangelands.
“The Schlinke family has worked hand-in-hand with several state and federal rangeland partners to advance their knowledge of rangeland productivity, function and integrity,” she said. “Interestingly, Drs. Jake Landers Jr. and Sr., and Dr. Allan McGinty, former AgriLife Extension range specialists, San Angelo, have all conducted applied research and field demonstrations at Dry Creek Ranch.”
The Schlinke family has a fundamental appreciation and respect for the rangeland and relationships with range managers, particularly those associated with AgriLife Extension, she explained.
“Both Carl and Pat Schlinke regularly attend Reagan, Irion and Tom Green counties’ range programs hosted by local AgriLife Extension county agents, and they are on a first-name basis with the Natural Resource Conservation offices throughout those same counties,” Treadwell said. “The sincerity and authenticity that Carl and Pat approach their community and range partnerships with is unlike anything else. They are two of the kindest, hardest-working and most down-to-earth individuals. To be welcomed on their ranch to tour their pastures is a treat for ranchers and range managers alike.”
Awards and accolades
“We are so excited to feature a summer range tour in collaboration with the Texas Section Society for Range Management at Dry Creek Ranch,” Treadwell said. “The Dry Creek Ranch was the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award presented by the Texas Section Society for Range Management, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Grazing Land Coalition.”
The Schlinke ranch currently represents Texas in the regional awards for the Environmental Stewardship Award recognized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
–Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
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