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Solana Ranch

Solana RanchSolana Ranch is one of the largest cattle and hunting ranches in the central Texas hill country, occupying 9,000 acres of pastureland, canyons and forested areas. While functioning as a working ranch, Solana hosts lodgers who hunt and photograph there throughout the year. Cottonwoods, live oak, cedar and pecan trees are part of its landscape as are areas thick with cactus and chapparal. The area has an abundance of water, with 4 1/2 miles of Salado Creek and several miles of Rumsey Creek on the property. The creeks are spring fed with 18 active springs that flow year-round.

Solana RanchSolana Ranch has been in under the same ownership for 53 years and has been registered as a Simmental Cattle Ranch since the mid-1970s. In addition to cattle, the ranch also houses whitetail deer, wild boar, turkeys and other wildlife. It also maintains habitat for migratory birds, including dove and geese.

In January of 2004, ranch management conducted an 800-acre controlled burn with the goal of better management of a volatile cactus and cedar stand there. Representatives of the Natural Resource Conservation Service assisted Solana Ranch staff in making that event a success. Since that time, grass and wildlife has regenerated at the site and repeat burns are planned at regular intervals for the next ten years in order to control the return of cactus and cedar there. Because of the success of the first burn, a second one is planned for an adjacent acreage in 2005.

Solana RanchIn an effort to reduce potential structure loss due to wildfire, all roofs on the ranch were recently retrofitted to metal. A fire truck was purchased to offer on-site protection should a wildfire occur. Structures on the ranch all conform to Firewise standards.

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