In 2005, Dr. Errol and Susan Candy purchased a 128-acre property nestled in western Gillespie County. Initially viewed as a strategic investment opportunity, this venture blossomed into a profound commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship. Revered as “Black Cap Heaven” by the late Bill Lindeman, a former board member and president of the Hill Country Land Trust, the property became a testament to the Candy family’s deep respect for its ecological richness. Over the ensuing years, they adopted a hands-off approach, allowing nature to thrive without human interference except for occasional grazing. This reverence culminated in the decision to secure its future through a conservation easement.

Read more from Alec King with Texas Land Conservancy here.