Although it’s not clear yet whether the next generation of Harte heirs will accept the stewardship mantle for Brewster County’s Decie Ranch, Sarah Harte was certain that the one-of-kind property should remain open, productive and intact.
“By this time, I hoped that the next generation of our family would be ready to take on the joy and responsibility of stewardship,” Harte said. “They’re not quite there yet, but that didn’t stop me from taking steps to keep the ranch intact. This land is too important for its future to be left to fate.”
With its stunning desert scenery and history of large ranches, the Trans Pecos is one the region’s hit hardest hit by the impacts of fragmentation, including depletion of scarce water resources. With its size, well-drained soils, and an annual rainfall of 10-15 inches, the Decie Ranch plays a vital role for water recharge in the Marathon Basin, supporting the area’s rare desert grasslands.