Querencia is the home of landowners Deborah Elliott and Pat Davis. The name of the property is a Spanish word referring to one’s safe place, or a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home. The place where one is their most authentic self. Since 1998, Deborah and Pat have worked to transform the property from a degraded horse pasture into a lush native savannah. The hillsides covered in oaks and mountain cedar, have been left intact to support the endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers that return every spring. The water that runs through the property is held in a series of catchment ponds to help recharge Jacob’s Well and slow runoff before reaching Cypress Creek. Its habitats are classic representations of the Balcones Canyonlands ecoregion.

Read more from Stephen Ramirez with Texas Land Conservancy here.