We are excited to announce the recent permanent protection of 295 acres in Mason County with a donated conservation easement! The newly protected Flat Tire Ranch sits in the Llano Uplift and hosts inviting granite outcrops amidst typical Edwards Plateau habitat, including grasslands, bottomland hardwood forest, and post oak woodlands.
Jane and Tom Titus contacted TLC in late 2019, interested in placing a conservation easement on their property. The owners of Flat Tire Ranch since 2002, they had originally grazed the property, then switched to wildlife management. A conservation easement fit with their long-term plans of keeping the property in its natural state and providing habitat for Hill Country flora and fauna while continuing to enjoy the unique features of the property including its landmark large granite outcrops.
While we all know that everything is bigger in Texas, the actual size of the state is sometimes hard to appreciate. One of the challenges in land conservation in Texas is that while we have had huge conservation successes (to the tune of over 1.7 million acres protected by Texas land trusts) we have faced challenges in connecting those protected lands to each other. By creating connected, protected landscapes, we can drastically increase the impact on the conservation values protected. Flat Tire Ranch does just that! Its location adjacent to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area increases its impact on Texas conservation, helping to create and expand this protected landscape.
TLC is so excited to continue our conservation work in Mason County and to welcome the Titus’s into the family of TLC landowners!