Ken Cearley’s life has been shaped by a love for the land and a desire to help those who steward it. “As a child, I fell in love with the land,” says Ken. “My entire career has focused on our rural heritage and helping landowners sustain their agricultural operations.”
After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife Science, he worked in the Texas Hill Country as a ranch and wildlife manager, then as a rancher, raising his family on the land. Eventually, he returned to school, earning a MS in Range Animal Science from Sul Ross State University, leading to a career that included university-level teaching at Sul Ross and outreach through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in West Central Texas the Trans-Pecos and the High Plains.
Ken is a leader in the Texas Wildlife Association, in the Texas Chapter -The Wildlife Society, Past President of the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management, and Past President of Texas Brigades (a collection of youth wildlife leadership camps). He was drawn to TALT because the organization, through conservation easements, gives landowners a practical tool that allows them to pass their land to the next generation while helping stem the tide of land fragmentation that threatens agricultural lands and open space in Texas. As a former rancher and ranch manager, Ken understands the challenges that landowners face.