2019 Conservation Hero Chris Harte

Chris is a retired newspaper publisher who, with his late wife Kay Wagenknect Harte and son Will, has been restoring prairie and savannah at a ranch near Spicewood for more than 30 years. He has served on the Board of the National Audubon Society, on state Audubon Boards in Texas and Maine, and on state Boards of the Nature Conservancy in Texas, Florida, and Maine.

Chris and his brother convinced their father and uncle to buy 286 acres just north of the old town of Spicewood in 1972. Since then he has purchased additional parcels to create a 1,300-acre restoration project. Spicewood Ranch received the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 2018 Lone Star Land Steward award for the Edwards Plateau.

Click here to read a report by David Mahler on the conservation work that has been done at Spicewood Ranch.