Each year the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts recognize and honor individuals who dedicate themselves to the conservation and management of renewable natural resources. These conservationists will be recognized during an awards luncheon on Oct. 27 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
The awards program began in the late 1970s to recognize conservationists and the vital role they play in managing the state’s natural resources.
The program provides an opportunity for competition and incentives to expand and improve conservation efforts, as well as the wise use of renewable natural resources.
This year’s Conservation Rancher recognition went to the Charlesworth Ranch Company in Brewster and Presidio counties near Marathon. Brent and Leslea Charlesworth and their daughters Colee and Emilee call the ranch home.
The ranch has cooperated with the Soil and Water District and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Agency since 2014. The ranch’s main focuses are stocker steers with a few cows and calves, along with hunting.
With average annual rainfall on the ranch ranging from 10-14”, conservation practices are a top priority. Extensive conservation planning went into designing a plan that best fit the ranch. The Charlesworth Ranch incorporates a variety of conservation practices, and pronghorn friendly fence, brush management, prescribed burning, livestock water pipeline installation, upland wildlife habitat management, and prescribed grazing have all been used successfully.
Upon hearing of the honor, Brent Charlesworth remarked, “I’m was speechless when they told me, and I’m very proud of it.”
The Conservation Board noted that the Charlesworth family had done an outstanding job as dedicated stewards of the land, and would continue to set a fine example for others to follow.