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Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Conserving the Landscape

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

 
 
Conserving the Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
1. Conserving the Landscape Marker
Inscription. To a Texas rancher like Lyndon Johnson, conservation meant getting the most from the soil, water, and grass. The landscape before you reflects some of President Johnsonís conservation efforts. These upper fields are terraced to control erosion and contoured to channel water into tanks (ponds). The grasses used here were, and are, genetically improved—tailored especially to this climate to provide maximum nutrition.

With diligent watering, fertilizing, and cattle rotation, these fields yielded three cuttings of grass each year. Of LBJís nine ranches (most of them larger than the LBJ Ranch), only on this one did he practice intensive conservation. The other ranches were “unimproved” and yielded only one crop of grass each year. Their appearance bore little resemblance to the neat landscape you see here.

(Annual Cycle Photo Captions)
Annual Cycle

February - March: Soil samples taken to determine deficiencies.
April - May: First application of fertilizer, based on soil analysis.
About June 1: Hay is cut for the first time. The grass is fertilized again and irrigated if necessary with water drawn from the Pedernales River.
About July 1: Hay is cut for the second time. Grass is again fertilized and irrigated as needed.
August
Conserving the Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
2. Conserving the Landscape Marker
- November:
Cattle rotate into the field to graze down grasses before the first freeze.
December - January: Fields are dormant.

(Bottom Photo Caption)
Of the three crops of grass, ranch hands usually cut one for hay. When the other crops were ready, the hands would rotate cattle through the fields to graze the fields down—a process that usually took 150 head of cattle about a week.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 14.581′ N, 98° 37.167′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Bailey Road 0.3 miles north of Park Road 49, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the LBJ Ranch Driving Tour in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Environmental President (approx. 0.2 miles away); Low Water Crossing (approx. ľ mile away); Friendship Stones (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lifetime of Service (approx. 0.3 miles away); Communicating with the World (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Texas White House
View to North from Bailey Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 12, 2015
3. View to North from Bailey Road
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Jet Age Arrives! (approx. 0.4 miles away); Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This list consists of 26 wayside exhibits along the LBJ Ranch driving tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 4, 2015.)
2. Ranching the LBJ Way brochure from the National Park Service. (Submitted on December 4, 2015.)
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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