The Davis Mountains comprise a unique and limited ecosystem. Adapted to natural processes of fire and drought, the system is slow to recover from impacts inflicted by humans. Overgrazing, habitat fragmentation through ranch subdivision and overuse of the water resources by a growing population are potential threats to one of Texas’ most ecologically diverse landscapes.
The Conservancy has known of the importance of preserving this natural area for some time. Three priorities guided us to action: the conservation of a landscape-scale “sky island”, the preservation of West Texas’ ranching legacy by keeping a large and historical part of that heritage intact, and safekeeping the dark skies surrounding University of Texas McDonald Observatory.
With the 32,413-acre purchase of part of the historic U Up U Down Ranch, the subsequent additions of other parcels and the donations of conservation easements on some 70,000 acres thus creating a buffer around the core preserve, roughly 102,675 acres of the Davis Mountains are under protection in the Davis Mountains Preserve.
Davis Mountain Preserve – Fort Davis, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 92mm, f/16 for 1/25th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
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