Controlled Burn for Restoration at Spicewood Ranch

Please join us for one of our annual winter controlled management burns at the Spicewood Ranch.

We will gather at the Holloway Cemetery at 12:30 pm if burn conditions are acceptable.  At 1:00 pm, after a brief explanation of our goals and methods, we will light the first 5 acres.  This first burn should be completed at approximately 2:30 pm.

Those interested in participating further are welcome to stay for additional burns.

On the morning of January 14 we will send an email between 9-10 am to confirm that the burn is happening and has not been postponed due to weather conditions.

DO NOT COME ON JANUARY 14TH UNTIL YOU GET AN EMAIL THAT MORNING CONFIRMING THE BURN EVENT.

Please allow 1 hour travel time from Austin.

Spicewood Ranch Management Workshop October 28

Please join us for a Spicewood Ranch Management Workshop on Saturday, October 28th.

Led by: David Mahler, Senior Ecologist and Vice President, Environmental Survey Consulting

Optional: Those who wish to stay longer can visit the Spicewood Ranch Herbarium at 1 pm for lunch to look at specimens of some interesting members of the local flora.  Please bring your own lunch, snacks, and water. Schedule is subject to change.

The 1200 acre Spicewood Ranch is approximately 30 miles west of Austin between Spicewood, Texas and the Colorado River. Environmental Survey Consulting has been conducting active restoration on the ranch since 1988. We will explore areas of management successes in our prairies, live oak woodlands and savannas, cedar breaks, riparian areas, and post oak savannas. Our restoration theories and practices will be discussed with an emphasis on what we have learned about restoration of the grasses in the heavily overgrazed areas and the more difficult tasks of restoring the forbs and woody species depleted by decades of browsing by deer and goats. A species list of almost 600 species found on the ranch will be available, but the emphasis of this field trip will be the management activities.

Please plan to arrive at the Narrows Recreation area no later than 9:45 am.

Native Plant ID Workshop III

Friends, we are planning a third and final Native Plant ID Workshop this spring.
Instructor- Bill Carr, Acme Botanical Services
Location- Spicewood Ranch, Spicewood, Texas,
10am to 2:30pm, Saturday, May 13.
Registration required and limited to 15 participants
Cost- $25 to be paid in person at the workshop

Spicewood Ranch is a 1,200 acre ranch 45 minutes west of Austin.  Environmental Survey Consulting has been doing habitat restoration and research on the ranch for almost 30 years.  The workshop will be conducted by Bill Carr, a plant geek with 35 years of field experience in Texas. During lunch, we can use the Spicewood Ranch Herbarium to look at specimens of some interesting members of the local flora.  Please bring your own lunch. Schedule is subject to change.

Native Plant ID Workshop II

Friends, we are planning a second Native Plant ID Workshop
Instructor- Bill Carr, Acme Botanical Services
Location- Spicewood Ranch, Spicewood, Texas,
10am to 2:30pm, Sunday, April 23.
Registration required and limited to 15 participants
Cost- $25 to be paid in person at the workshop

Spicewood Ranch is a 1,200 acre ranch 45 minutes west of Austin.  Environmental Survey Consulting has been doing habitat restoration and research on the ranch for almost 30 years.  The workshop will be conducted by Bill Carr, a plant geek with 35 years of field experience in Texas. During lunch, we can use the Spicewood Ranch Herbarium to look at specimens of some interesting members of the local flora.  Please bring your own lunch. Schedule is subject to change.

Native Plant ID Workshop I

Friends, we are planning the following:
Native Plant ID Workshop,
Instructor- Bill Carr, Acme Botanical Services
Location- Spicewood Ranch, Spicewood, Texas,
10am to 2:30pm, Saturday, April 15.
Registration required and limited to 15 participants
Cost- $25 to be paid in person at the workshop

Spicewood Ranch is a 1,200 acre ranch 45 minutes west of Austin.  Environmental Survey Consulting has been doing habitat restoration and research on the ranch for almost 30 years.  The workshop will be conducted by Bill Carr, a plant geek with 35 years of field experience in Texas. During lunch, we can use the Spicewood Ranch Herbarium to look at specimens of some interesting members of the local flora.  Please bring your own lunch. Schedule is subject to change.

Spicewood Ranch Management Field Trip

Please join us for a Spicewood Ranch Management Field Trip

Led by: David Mahler, Lead Ecologist and Vice President, Environmental Survey Consulting

9 AM-Noon, Optional: break at noon for lunch (bring your own) followed by further exploration

The 1200 acre Spicewood Ranch is approximately 30 miles west of Austin between Spicewood, Texas and the Colorado River. Environmental Survey Consulting has been conducting active restoration on the ranch since 1988. We will explore areas of management successes in our prairies, live oak woodlands and savannas, cedar breaks, riparian areas, and post oak savannas. Our restoration theories and practices will be discussed with an emphasis on what we have learned about restoration of the grasses in the heavily overgrazed areas and the more difficult tasks of restoring the forbs and woody species depleted by decades of browsing by deer and goats. A species list of 350 species found on the ranch will be available, but the emphasis of this field trip will be the management activities.