Ruthie Russell began taking her sons camping on the family’s ranches before they were old enough to walk. Today, William, 30, and McLean, 24, are both committed outdoorsmen and part of the decision-making team that enacted a conservation easement on the family’s Sycamore Canyon Ranch in Val Verde County. Situated on the northern border of the Devil’s River State Natural Area, the almost 7,700-acre ranch contains both Sycamore Springs and three miles of Devil’s River frontage. Together, the properties create a land holding that is large enough to be ecologically significant.
“The Devil’s River is too perfect to leave its fate to chance,” said Ruthie Russell, who was the initial driving force behind the conservation easement on the Sycamore Canyon Ranch. “The conservation easement formalized our commitment to keeping the river and the land pristine and wild. My sons, who now own the ranch, share my pride in our stewardship. There are few things better than conserving unique, important land for the future.”