Deeply engrained farming and ranching roots guide stewardship and management of Red Corral Ranch, located in Hays County near Wimberley, Texas. Inspired by the concept of Holistic Resource Management – that all systems are part of a whole and all wholes are part of an even larger system – the family focuses on protecting and nurturing the land and wildlife habitats while developing financially viable alternatives for their property.
In 1993, Red Corral Ranch was chosen as the working research site for PlanIt Texas, a coalition formed to resolve conflict between landowners and environmental agencies and to demonstrate that it is possible to have an economically successful ranching operation compatible with the Endangered Species Act. In particular, the listing of the Golden-cheeked Warbler had generated massive conflict in Texas. Ever resistant to outside interference, landowners worried that land values would decline if the warblers were found on their property, making them vulnerable to government regulation. Red Corral Ranch, in collaboration with more than twenty PlanIt Texas agencies, dedicated time to test the theory that land can be profitable and managed holistically. The resulting land management legislation and related manual are still in effect today.
Red Corral Ranch now includes a bed & breakfast and event facilites designed to offer peace and quiet while providing a sacred space for guests.