LAND CONSERVATION

To participate effectively in the preservation and conservation of selected wildlife species, natural biological diversity and natural habitat not only on our own land but also, whenever possible, in the natural range of the selected species.

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NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

Fossil Rim strives to have healthy animals, and it is also our mission to responsibly manage our natural resources. We are constantly improving our awareness and ramping up our actions regarding natural resources management on Fossil Rim property.

Specific areas of focus center on habitat quality (including water) and biological diversity of native flora and fauna including assessment, restoration, research, cooperative training and educational opportunities.

RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES

  • Establish, implement and follow a decision making process regarding Fossil Rim’s utilization of land and natural resources.
  • Ensure activities are consistent with the vision, mission and core business of Fossil Rim and that they are as environmentally conscious as possible.
  • Provide resources and assistance, as well as advisement and evaluation, for projects and activities requiring natural resources.
  • Support and encourage education and research regarding Fossil Rim ecosystems.
  • Assess, monitor and document natural resources (flora, fauna, soil, water, etc.).
  • Conserve, maintain and/or restore native systems in as natural a condition as possible. Actions taken for this objective must take into consideration that certain aspects of our core business will present conflicts with this objective to a degree. The captive propagation of non-endemic species and other activities will require determination of the appropriate balance.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable and relevant agencies that regulate activities on Fossil Rim property.

NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PROJECTS

  • Surveying and establishing a database of all plant and animal species naturally occurring on Fossil Rim property. This is no small feat considering Fossil Rim comprises 1,800 acres of varied topography, soil types and ecological riches that make up this northernmost portion of the Texas Hill Country. Another variable is that some areas have high animal concentration while others have little or no animal pressure.
  • A three-year cooperative research initiative that focused on invasive plant species, in our case we were targeting the Ashe juniper – known locally as cedar. This study provided research opportunities on nine test plots roughly six acres each in size. Prior to juniper removal and pasture manipulation, a census on flora and fauna was taken and compared to assessments after the removal and pasture restoration. This study provided the local community with opportunities for education, research, professional involvement and land stewardship.
  • A hardwood tree replacement strategy was implemented in some areas within Fossil Rim.
  • Other initiatives include recycling, minimizing human impact and planning for “greener” construction when we must rebuild. It is our plan to allow as much natural space as possible and push our human activities to the periphery, thus freeing up undisturbed acreage for mission-driven activities.
  • In November 2008, we implemented a comprehensive NRM plan that will be a living document and provide a guide for a better and more sustainable natural future.
  • Development of mechanisms that will allow the NRM plan to work in conjunction with other Fossil Rim wildlife conservation efforts.