San Pedro Ranch, located near Carrizo Springs, will be awarded the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, and a $10,000 award, at the Lone Star Steward Virtual Awards Banquet on May 27. Anyone can join the livestreamed banquet and can find more information on how to tune in, along with information on other award winners, on the Lone Star Land Steward page of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website.

The ranch is owned by siblings Joseph Fitzsimons and Pamela Fitzsimons Howard and their families. Their father Hugh Fitzsimons Jr. embraced a holistic approach at the ranch in the 1970s. He believed if you improved native habitat, the ecosystem would not only lead to more wildlife, but to healthier livestock. Today, the family approach shows how cattle, hunting and other activities can all coexist in a sustainable way that benefits the native ecology and a wide range of wildlife species.

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