The Shield Ranch Master Plan reflects one family’s evolving approach to land stewardship and conservation advocacy in an arid, rapidly developing region. To protect, connect, and share Shield Ranch’s 6,800-acre landscape with the next generation, our team pioneered an innovative process for modeling and categorizing the complex natural and cultural systems of this iconic Texas Hill Country landscape. Using digital tools; high–resolution, publicly available data; and on-site data collection with experts, the plan thoughtfully sites several desired new programs identified during an early visioning process. This master planning process is widely applicable to other landowners in Texas and throughout the American Southwest who wish to implement sustainable land development, conservation, and enhanced resiliency within arid landscapes that are particularly vulnerable to climate change.
The Andropogon team pioneered a process for modelling and categorizing the landscape’s complex, natural and cultural systems, and identifying sensitive areas, which included: