Farmers Behind Your Food: Cato Ranches, Texas
Jack and Jan Cato have made tremendous progress revitalizing the land and wildlife on both their Texas ranches over the past few decades. After buying the Stockard-Sirianni Ranch more than 35 years ago and Buckhollow Ranch in 1997, the Catos created specialized plans for each one, working with the land and its natural resources for the best results.
On Buckhollow Ranch, they improved native habitat through proper range and wildlife management. To maintain healthy, native wildlife populations they focused on non-game, threatened and endangered species. At Stockard-Sirianni Ranch they have emphasized maintaining a healthy ecosystem, maximizing biodiversity through innovative habitat management.
In addition to implementing their specific management goals on each ranch, the Catos placed Buckhollow Ranch under a perpetual conservation easement through The Nature Conservancy. This ensures that the natural habitat of this property will remain intact to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Jack and Jan Cato were recognized by the Sand County Foundation as the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award winners in Texas.
**This story was originally published by the Sand County Foundation.