Since its inception in 1812 as part of a Spanish Land Grant to Juan Francisco Lombrano, only three families have cared for the land that comprises the San Pedro Ranch. In the ultimate act of stewardship, the current owners have protected the San Pedro for future generations by donating a conservation easement to TALT.
“We chose a conservation easement because it was the best option for our family and the best option for our land,” said one of the landowners. “Our goal has always been to keep the San Pedro operating as a family ranch just as it has been since our grandfather purchased the ranch in 1935. We value the diverse biology, history and culture that characterize this property and want to see it carried forward into the future.”
Located in Dimmit County near the Mexican border, the San Pedro sits squarely at the intersection of the South Texas Rolling Plains and the Chihuahuan Desert in an ecological transition zone characterized by biological diversity. The diversity is further enhanced by the presence of water, a rarity in this arid region. The San Pedro Ranch, which is located between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers, is home to San Pedro Creek, San Ambrosia Creek and San Pedro Spring. The spring is the only live water in the vast expanse between the two rivers, drawing people to it throughout history. It is said that Santa Ana camped at the spring en route to the Alamo.
In a region where many working ranches have become recreational ranches, the San Pedro maintains the traditions of the range. On this South Texas cow-calf operation, much of the work is still done on horseback and Spanish is the first language. Just as the land ownership has passed from generation to generation, so have the land management responsibilities. Currently, this is the third generation of owners and managers to work together.