San Antonio, Texas
Although Charles Davidson grew up in Houston, he has always felt completely at home in rural Texas.
“From the beginning, it was clear to me land and outdoor pursuits were part of who I am,” said Davidson, who is an avid hunter and angler, a Real County rancher, and co-owner of Republic Ranches, a statewide farm and ranch real estate brokerage company.
As a fourth generation Texan, he understands that his kinship with the land is a common thread binding many of the state’s residents.
“The land is the essence of who we are,” Davidson said. “It’s been said that Texas is a state of mind—that mindset comes from our open spaces, not our concrete jungles.”
Davidson, who served on the steering committee that created TALT, is also a past president of the Texas Wildlife Association, a trustee of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, and advisory board member of the Borderlands Research Institute. From his work in the conservation policy arena, he recognizes that the Lone Star State is in transition with the economic scale tilting in favor of concrete.
“While many families want to keep their land open and productive, there are a myriad of challenges—all of which are directly tied back to finances at some level,” Davidson said. “With the market forces in play, families are forced to consider opportunity costs versus intrinsic value against the backdrop of the future.”
TALT, which was founded to serve the production agriculture and wildlife management communities and the open spaces that are important to them, gives families an option.
“TALT embraces a conservation and utilization philosophy, not a preservation philosophy,” Davidson said. “The difference may seem subtle but it’s a huge, important distinction that makes TALT a good ‘home’ for families who have conserved, stewarded and enhanced the land’s productivity for generations—and want to continue that tradition in the future.”