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  • Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    outreach We offer seminars for landowners and serve as a research lab for botanists zoologists and other scientists We provide hands on science classes and nature camps for school children Our public tours and workshops attract birdwatchers photographers and animal and plant enthusiasts After leaving the Ranch many visitors are inspired to change consumption habits and better conserve natural resources They leave with a vision of harmony with the land

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  • Our Story - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    total sightings of nesting pairs of the GCW were documented in 2005 Deer Deer harvested over 40 years ago had an average field dress weight of 55 pounds The deer were very small and unhealthy due to lack of forage diversity Bucks now consistently field dress at an average of 115 pounds with the record in 2013 being 156 pounds Cattle Cattle in 1969 did not have much grass to eat when the ranch was predominantly covered in Ashe juniper Soil conservation agents told J David he could run one animal unit per 41 acres An animal unit is one cow or 6 goats Now when rainfall conditions are good we could if we chose to run an animal unit per 21 acres However for the past several years we have experienced frequent and lengthy droughts and the decision was made in December 2011 to remove all the cows and goats for an indefinite period of time Water Most importantly prior to habitat restoration there was no surface water or live creeks on the ranch when Mr Bamberger purchased the property He even tried to start his own water well drilling business drilling 7 wells around the ranch 500 feet deep and did not get a drop of water After restoration there are now 27 stock tanks or ponds and lakes and countless springs Eleven artesian springs are cased to utilize for domestic purposes or livestock Being at the top of its watershed Miller Creek originates on the Bamberger Ranch Our stretch runs year round except in times of extreme drought conditions But even in times of drought the most important springs that supply all the water to four households our center and two cabins have never gone dry since habitat restoration The work and history of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve is attributable in large part to the original employees Leroy Petri ranch engineer William Buddy Francis livestock manager Randy Lenz wildlife manager and Jim Rhoades arborist Randy left the ranch in 1999 to pursue the real estate industry and Buddy retired in 2000 after 27 years with the ranch Leroy is still with us having worked with J David since 1970 and Jim Rhoades is past board member and continues to advise and participate in workshops on the ranch The Very Model of a Modern Conservation Ranch Bamberger Ranch has become a recognized model of habitat restoration and land stewardship not only for local landowners but also policy makers working on water issues For more than three decades the ranch has offered meeting space for environmental groups hosted school field trips and stewardship workshops for thousands of participants Education The Bamberger Ranch hosts an average of 3 000 visitors annually through school programs group tours and landowner workshops However the income generated from agricultural practices and educational programs do not offset the total costs of operation In 2002 in order to protect the ranch from future development J David and Margaret Bamberger filed for 501 c 3 status and

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  • Biodiversity - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    of an ecosystem from tiny microbes in the water to apex predators like Mountain Lions The biodiversity at Selah is species rich and diverse in every facet From 6 identified species of cacti to 213 species of birds Our goal is to document every biological organism that occurs on site We know it s ambitious and time consuming but using staff volunteers universities and our school visitors we have a good start and make continued progress each day We will house our own museum collection in our research and education building Biodiversity Photo Gallery Flora With our lush restored native grassland savannah Selah has a large diversity of woody plants succulents forbs and grasses Our herbarium currently houses a collection of over 350 preserved specimens of plants from the ranch 117 Woody Plant Species 245 Wildflower Species 97 Grass Species 4 Fern Species 6 Cacti Species Fauna From birds to bees Selah has a variety of wildlife big and small We currently have voucher specimens housed in the Texas Natural History Museum as well as our growing insect collection located here on the ranch 8 Amphibian Species 213 Bird Species 5 Fish Species 12 Insect Orders 14 Lizard Species 28

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  • Meet the Staff - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    United States Peace Corps in Niger Africa as a more Steven Fulton Ranch Manager Steven is a vital educational programming staff member of the ranch and his responsibilities include land stewardship and education Steven has a biology degree from Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton Texas and he has work experience from the Nature Conservancy of Texas endangered species and oak wilt programs He is responsible for all land management decisions such as size and timing of more Jared Holmes Biologist Education and Outreach Don t let his 10 000 hours of handling snakes and reptiles make you think Jared s only expertise is herpetology field research Jared joined our Selah Family in June 2014 While a professionally trained herpetologist he is a superb public speaker and educator on many areas of zoology and ecology with the added skill set of carpentry equipment repair welding and metal work We more Lois Sturm Administrative Assistant Although she has been a part of the Selah Family several years as Mr Bamberger s administrative assistant Lois came on to the Bamberger Ranch Preserve payroll in late 2012 She now splits her time between her two bosses J David and now Colleen Colleen has

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  • Directors and Advisors - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Texas Hill Country Bobby and his wife Mary are active philanthropists and own property on the renowned portion of the Blanco River known as the Narrows more Weldon Rusty Yates Rusty Yates brings to the board extensive financial and ranch management experience Rusty and his wife Ellen live at a neighboring conservation development The Preserve at Walnut Springs Both are exceptional naturalists and Rusty is also a talented landscape photographer whose work has been featured not only in publications like the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine but also in art galleries around the state more Mary G Wallace Mary Wallace has served on the Bamberger Ranch Preserve s board since 2002 She is an environmental and civic leader in her community and in the state of Texas She is a board member and past chairman of the Environmental Defense Texas and currently serves on the board of San Antonio Trees the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the League of Conservation Voters She was the first director of Citizens for Hike and Bike in Houston an organization founded in the early 1970s to develop green spaces and bike trails in a dense urban area She has also had international experience while more Jeff Francell Although young in years his work experience in the conservation arena is impressive Jeff currently is director of real estate for the Texas Nature Conservancy He has worked extensively both for and with the Texas Nature Conservancy and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department His formal education includes a bachelor of arts in government from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of public affairs from the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs of UT Jeff actively serves on the city of Austin parks board as well as being a director of the Hill Country Conservancy more Phil Ferguson A lifelong Texan Phil has had more than 45 years in the financial industry with executive positions in firms including Goldman Sachs Lehman Brothers and AIM Capital Management He has demonstrated a long standing commitment to charitable and philanthropic works having served on boards for many nonprofit foundations like the Houston Museum of Fine Arts the Houston Ballet and the St John the Divine Endowment Fund Phil s knowledge of investment will be vital to managing our growing endowment fund Phil owns Hill Country land more Edward Hutcheson Edward Chap Hutcheson joined the board of directors in 2008 He is a managing director of Platte River Ventures a private equity firm In 1995 he cofounded Crown Castle International Corporation the owner and operator of over 22 000 wireless communication towers in the U S and Australia He served as the company s chief operating officer and CEO and continues as a director Chap has a bachelors of science from Northwestern University and served three years as an officer in the U S army He has also served on boards of the Houston Chapter of the National more Joanna Rees Joanna has been an active part

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  • Ranch Facilities and Consulting - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Cost 10 00 per person per day with a 300 00 minimum Day only 175 00 Linens 5 00 set or bring your own Facilities Photo Gallery Recycled Cabin A recycled cabin accommodates up to 10 guests You will have the unique experience of not only lodging in the beautiful canyons of Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve but this structure is also entirely made of recycled materials There are stories galore on and in the walls of our recycled cabin The ceiling fan in the main room came from the old Bluebonnet Hotel in San Antonio when they installed air conditioning in 1953 Exterior light fixtures came from a variety of places housing complexes and from Robert Ayre s personal home in San Antonio Window panes were repaired redesigned and fitted into old barn wood from the Texas Hill Country The exterior pastel colored boards were salvaged from a housing development that was torn down to make way for the downtown freeway in San Antonio Square nails individually hand made before the turn of the century can still be seen in several of the wood panels around the cabin And even our own old cattle trailers and horse corrals contributed wood to the front porch The pieces of recycled wood alone With the talent of two local craftsmen and the vision of the Bambergers this cabin is truly Barn Again Cost 200 per night for the first 4 people 25 for each additional person can sleep up to 10 people Other Linens and cooking facilities are available Meals are not included Please note The Recycle Cabin is unavailable for rent from November December due to hunting season Hes Country Store A unique B B style cabin for private family rental This rustic replica of a Texas country store was built by Mr Bamberger as a meeting spot and as a museum in honor of his mother Hester It serves as a display site for his inheritance which consists of items from his mother s home Hes Country Store is frequently included in educational tours to emphasize the importance of family and cultural conservation We invite you to leave the comfort and insulation of the city and join us for a natural experience This replica of a real Texas country store can comfortably sleep 4 people in bunk beds in the back room and a few more can be added There is a shower in the bathroom An electric cooking range and sink are hidden under the counter and a refrigerator is in the back room so you can fix meals Simple but adequate utensils and pots are provided for cooking and serving meals During cold weather heat is provided by an old fashioned wood stove There is no air conditioning but breezes are common even in the summer Towels and linens are furnished but you handle your own food service Cost 175 00 per 24 hours plus tax Seasonal Unavailability While environmental education is a key priority at Selah wildlife management

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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    our public events or if you have a group of 20 or more consider scheduling a private group tour Please note we book up to a year in advance particularly the comfortable months I just bought land what resources are out there to replicate your work at Bamberger Ranch Texas is a huge diverse state so there really is no one manual to acquire We suggest arming yourself with field guides relevant to your region introduce yourself to your county Natural Resource Conservation Service agents and Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists these folks have on the ground training and are great resources There are many organizations that offer land management workshops and we suggest going to everything you can that s how Mr Bamberger started Our 8 hour workshops at the ranch are informative and inspiring and if you need more personal advice we do offer land consultations Is the Bamberger Ranch handicapped accessible The majority of our ranch tours are conducted on a covered trailer that has a modified area to accommodate a wheelchair There is minimal walking on our nature trails that have been enjoyed by all ages successfully but unfortunately because it s the hill country our trails are not wheel chair accessible You are a nature preserve why do you hunt animals Simply put we can t keep them all Carrying capacity is a term ranchers use when considering how many mouths and feet can thrive on a piece of land without degrading it There is a perfect balance of how many animals that includes us humans that can live in an area without overusing the resources to the detriment of another species Texas used to have wolves and mountain lions that kept other mammals in balance Without predators mammal populations like deer can explode and

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  • Schedule - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    their potential use in dam and pond construction and also how to identify sites on your land that can hold water when ponds are properly constructed Inexpensive projects some that you can do yourself to help more Camp Selah June 18 2016 June 23 2016 Camp Selah has been an educational and exciting five day nature camp for over eight years for kids between the ages of 9 13 Wonderful guest speakers join the Bamberger staff to offer science based outdoor activities and lessons Campers swim and canoe in our spring fed lake hike the trails catch and identify critters view nightly bat emergences walk in the footprints of dinosaurs and sing songs by campfires under clear night skies more Native Grass Workshop October 15 2016 An outdoor workshop at Selah learning about grasses The importance of grasses in conservation cannot be overstated because they protect and build soils as well as improve water infiltration and aquifer recharge Whether you have springs a well or simply want a variety of healthy plants and trees growing on your land grasses are your ally We will be examining different rangesites and ecological niches and discuss the role more Wildlife Enhancement Workshop October 22 2016 Whether you have Wildlife Tax Valuation on your land plan to apply for it in the future or don t have it at all the techniques and management practices listed under the Tax Code for Wildlife Valuation all benefit your wildlife populations and diversity There are 7 categories of management listed under the tax code three of which are required for approval for the more Fall Colors Hike November 19 2016 Enjoy a self guided hike around Madrone Lake and the rarely visited Louis Bromfield Trail This year s hike will include a native grasses interpretive walk Walk and hike at your own pace Informational signs mark the locations of the unique and native species you will see Take pictures bring your families and enjoy a morning of vibrant colors seen in native grasses Big Tooth Maples Bald Cypress Oaks and many more more Bat Emergence Viewings The Chiroptorium are hosted public viewings of bat emergences held in late summer Using infrared camera equipment from Boston University researchers documented more than 156 000 bats in May of 2011 June is the time when most of the mothers are giving birth By late summer the babies begin to fly with their mothers Ranch staff will be on hand to interpret the show and talk about the ecology and significance of the Mexican more Tree Workshop Learn how to identify trees and shrubs using the leaf form and leaf attachment as key characteristics It is easy to learn how to identify woody plants and to insure that you have information to take home you ll collect leaves in a notebook for future reference Diversity of trees and shrubs is important for the health of you land and your wildlife Selecting the best plants for soil and range site is important

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